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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 100,000 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

Nicole Ek

Nicole Ek

Programs Coordinator

Angela Griffin-Meyers

Angela Griffin-Meyers

Director of Marketing & Communications

Salena Griffith

Salena Griffith

Community Engagement Coordinator

Camille Ogden

Camille Ogden

Director of Development

Candlelighters Board

Executive Committee

Liz Kraus, JD

Liz Kraus, JD

Secretary

Melissa Rose

Melissa Rose

President

Mollie Worcester

Mollie Worcester

Past President

Jeffrey K. Yandle

Jeffrey K. Yandle

Treasurer

Board

Jeanne Beacham

Jeanne Beacham

J.D. Godfrey

J.D. Godfrey

Jackie Costello

Jackie Costello

Steve Drew

Steve Drew

Jason Frankel

Jason Frankel

Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia

Mary Holt

Mary Holt

Alan Hungate

Alan Hungate

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

Ruth Staten

Ruth Staten

Southern Oregon

Kimberly Banner

Kimberly Banner

Central Oregon

Candlelighters Employment

Candlelighters is looking to fill one volunteer position. Click below for more information and how to apply.

 

 

Chapter-Volunteer

Regional Chapter Volunteer for Central Oregon

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