About Candlelighters

Candlelighters’ Story

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer was founded in 1977 by five families who had one thing in common: a child impacted by cancer.

At the time, there were no organizations to connect and support families going through this journey. Now, 45 years later, local families have come to depend on Candlelighters.

With the help of emergency financial assistance, regular family activities, in-hospital programs, and an annual family camp, we ensure that families have the resources and connections they need to navigate childhood cancer together.

Today, the organization has supported over 90,000 family members through the crisis of childhood cancer.

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer provides support every step of the way for families in Oregon and SW Washington facing childhood cancer.

From diagnosis through treatment and beyond, we offer programs such as emergency financial assistance, an annual family camp, regular family activities, bereavement support, and in-hospital meals.

Our programs are always free to Candlelighters families.

Our mission is to provide a community of healing, hope, and light throughout the lifelong journey of childhood cancer.
We create long-term partnerships and lifelong relationships.

We are experts in whole-family support.

We build transformational relationships, not transactional support.

Candlelighters Staff

Sarah Breece

Sarah Breece

Executive Director

Lisa Chavez

Lisa Chavez

Programs Manager

Ellar Cooper

Ellar Cooper

Administrative Associate

Angela Griffin-Meyers

Angela Griffin-Meyers

Director of Marketing & Communications

Ruth Lorente

Ruth Lorente

Administrative Business Manager

Camille Ogden

Camille Ogden

Director of Development

Candlelighters Board

Executive Committee

Larry “Chad” Chadwick

Larry “Chad” Chadwick

President Elect

Meghan Duncan

Meghan Duncan

Past President

Joe Farrar

Joe Farrar

Vice President, Family Relations

Melissa Rose

Melissa Rose

Secretary

Mollie Worcester

Mollie Worcester

President

Jeffrey K. Yandle

Jeffrey K. Yandle

Treasurer

Board

Jeanne Beacham

Jeanne Beacham

Cory Connors

Cory Connors

Jackie Costello

Jackie Costello

J.D. Godfrey

J.D. Godfrey

Liz Kraus, JD

Liz Kraus, JD

Kelsie Storm, MD

Kelsie Storm, MD

Candlelighters Chapters

Candlelighters chapters mean that we provide programs and services to families throughout Oregon and SW Washington.

Our main office is in Portland, serving the Portland and Vancouver areas, with three additional chapters in Mid-Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, and Central Oregon. Each chapter is led by a chair or co-chairs.

We encourage you to get in touch with the chapter most convenient for you.

Mary Lou Bradley, Robyn Thompson, Sydney Wight

Mary Lou Bradley, Robyn Thompson, Sydney Wight

Mid-Willamette Valley

Kimberly Bruhn

Kimberly Bruhn

Southern Oregon

Kimberly Banner

Kimberly Banner

Central Oregon

Candlelighters Employment

Thank you for your interest in working with Candlelighters! We are not hiring at this time, but please check back or follow us on LinkedIn.
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