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Candlelighters For Children With Cancer

A Community of Hope

for Families with Childhood Cancer

Each year, hundreds of families in Oregon and Washington receive a childhood cancer diagnosis. Families fighting childhood cancer can feel isolated and afraid.

But there is hope for kids and families with childhood cancer.

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer is there, every step of the way, to support the whole family. We offer families diagnosed with childhood cancer in Oregon and SW Washington practical assistance, and ways to connect. Above all, families create lifelong bonds with others experiencing pediatric cancer.

Whether you are a family looking for help or community, or a donor looking to give time or funding, we welcome you to our community of hope!

Who We Serve

We understand that when a child is diagnosed with cancer, it affects each family member differently.

That’s why we develop programs and services for the whole family throughout the lifelong journey of childhood cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

Since 1977, Candlelighters has supported nearly 100,000 family members across Oregon and SW Washington. If your family is facing pediatric cancer, you don’t have to walk alone. Join us.

How We Serve

December Parent & Caregiver Support Group

December Parent & Caregiver Support Group

The Parent & Caregiver Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month over Zoom. This is a chance to meet other parents and caregivers of children with cancer so that you can share your thoughts, stories, and concerns relating to childhood cancer. The group...

Calling Candy Cane Lane Sponsors

Calling Candy Cane Lane Sponsors

Calling Candy Cane Lane Sponsors:  your favorite time of year is here! Get out your Santa hat, and get ready to bring some gifts and joy to a Candlelighters family! During the Holidays, many families with childhood cancer face difficult financial decisions and stress....

Nathan’s Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond

Nathan’s Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond

Nathan's family is from Central Oregon. Nathan's mom, Felila, tells about his diagnosis and many iterations of the treatment that followed.   Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond "Prior to Nathan's diagnosis of T-Cell ALL, we noticed his neck was bumpy and he started...

Families That Shine

The Poirier Family

Meet the Mills-Poirier Family of Albany. They are right in between  Portland and Mid-Willamette Valley, so we get to see them at both Portland and...

The Santillan Family

Three-year-old Tatiana and her mom, Juana, like to eat, cook, and watch movies together. Her favorite toys are Minnie Mouse, Frozen, and unicorns....

The Perkins Family

14 year old Alex is a die hard San Francisco 49r fan, whose favorite player is Jimmy Garoppolo. Alex loves anything Marvel. He watches all the...

Healing on the Farm

  After her son Julian was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2019 and died in 2020, Jennifer Bridges, founder of Embrace Compassion, decided...

McCormick Family

I had never heard of retinoblastoma until I was sitting with an ophthalmologist with Derek, then 1, while 36 weeks 5 days pregnant with my second...

Simpson Wight Family

“In November of 2014, I noticed my 8 year old son Robert, had a swollen lymph node of the side of his neck. He felt fine and had no other...

Thull Family

Jared was 11 years old when he got sick. Just about to graduate from 5th grade. It took some time to get a diagnosis. June 18, 2018, he was...

Gunsaulis Family

  Our story is like most others. You never think it can happen to “your” child. Ashlynn had just turned 4 years old and was...

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