Candlelighters For Children With Cancer was founded in 1977 by five families who had one thing in common, a child impacted by cancer.
At that time, no services existed to support families going through this journey. Now, local childrens hospitals and families have come to depend on Candlelighters community of support. Candlelighters helps families with basic needs and beyond, providing ways to connect with other families who understand what it’s like to have a child with cancer. With the help of emergency financial assistance, monthly family activities, in-hospital meals and a family camp, our goal is to ensure that families have the resources and connections they need to navigate childhood cancer together.
Today, forty four years later, the organization has transformed and supported over 90,000 family members through the crisis of childhood cancer.
Candlelighters provides support for families every step of the way from diagnosis through treatment and beyond, providing programs such as emergency financial assistance, an annual family camp, family activities, bereavement support, and a hospital meal program that offers comfort and support for families during a difficult journey. Through it all, we never charge families a dime – ever!
Our mission is to provide a community of healing, hope, and light throughout the life-long journey of childhood cancer.
We focus on long-term partnerships and life-long relationships.
We are experts in whole-family support.
We build transformational relationships, not transactional support.
Events and Fundraising Manager
Administrative Business Manager
Larry "Chad" Chadwick
VP of Family Relations
Jeffrey K. Yandle
Liz Kraus, J.D.
Dr. Kelsie Storm, M.D.
Candlelighters Chapters mean that we provide programs and services to families throughout Oregon and SW Washington. Our main office is in Portland, and serves the Portland/Vancouver area, with three additional chapters in Mid-Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon and Bend, each led by a chapter chair or co-chairs. Get in touch with the chapter most convenient to you.
Mary Lou Bradley, Robyn Thompson
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Sarah brings over 13 years of non-profit development and leadership experience to the Executive Director role, along with incredible energy and focus. Most recently, Sarah has served as Candlelighters Director of Development, seeing the organization through the pandemic while building a new development program. Prior to Candlelighters, Sarah spent time working in the non-profit industry, most recently at the YMCA of Greater Seattle as the Director of Annual Giving. Sarah and her husband Brett live with their two dogs, Zeva and Ackley in Beaverton, OR. As a childhood cancer survivor herself, she is passionate about the Candlelighters mission, bringing community, programs and resources to the entire family impacted by childhood cancer.
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Lisa has a B.A. in International Business, and is completing her Masters in Social Work at Portland State University. She has volunteered at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Legacy Hopewell House, and at the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families. Lisa was born in Mexico City, and her fluency in Spanish is vital to our growing Programs.
Lisa was a caregiver for her Mother who died of cancer. The way cancer impacted her whole family unit drives her personal mission to help other people whose lives are also impacted by cancer. Candlelighters’ mission aligns with her personal mission, and she looks forward to helping to provide a community of healing of support for families impacted by cancer.
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After earning an MA focused on women’s studies and literature, Angela pivoted to work in the tech explosion of the early 2000s. She brings over 14 years of marketing and advertising experience to her role. Having worked for Advertising Agencies in Austin, Seattle and Portland, she’s excited to be back in her hometown of Portland.
Her goal is to bring strategy and reach to Candlelighters communications. She looks forward to telling the stories of Candlelighters families and helping to grow this wonderful community.
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Events and Fundraising Manager
With over 10 years experience as an event planner, Jen looks to bring people together at amazing events where she thrives in the fun, energy driven challenges that events bring. Prior to event planning, Jen put her MA in Counseling & Psychology into practice in non-profit mental health, working with children & families experiencing grief & loss. Now returning to working with children & families, Jen has combined her passions for events & families to focus on creating successful events with a fundraising purpose. She is excited to work for Candlelighters For Children With Cancer because they are an organization that understands the importance and power of supporting the whole family when a child has cancer.
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Accounting and Administrative Specialist
Ruth comes to Candlelighters with 30+ years of experience in Finance and Administration focused on community needs. Ruth moved from sunny California to Portland, & finds the benefits of having her daughter close far outweigh Portland’s rainy summer. Ruth has three energetic and delightful Grandsons.
As a child, Ruth spent 3 months in the hospital with scoliosis, a difficult time for her and her parents. This personal connection to childhood illness fuels Ruth’s passion to support families battling pediatric cancer.
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Moana Newman has worked in nonprofit fund development for more than 20 years, focusing on programs that develop healthy and engaged children, youth, and families. Most recently, she spent five years as the Director of Development for a fine arts chamber music school, Crowden Music Center. Her focus was on building sustainability, growing an endowment, and ensuring inclusivity for all seeking a home for music education and performance. Prior, Moana served as the head of Development for Family Support Services of the Bay Area, an organization that provides services designed to keep families healthy and intact, and break cycles of poverty and instability.
Moana has an eight-month-old Weimaraner and two Siamese cats, and she could use some advice about making them all get along. She and her husband miss traveling and are making up for it with lots of road trips exploring the Pacific Northwest. She is a bookworm who loves recommendations, and she really thinks she might become a loyal Ducks fan if she just gets enough encouragement. Please reach out to share your ideas, and help her get to know the Candlelighters Community!
Larry “Chad” Chadwick
Chad is the founder of 32 year-old Oregon Cancer Ski Out, which morphed into the NW Cancer Resource Fund, resulting in $1.4 million funding of local cancer program funding. Candlelighter’s has received fiscal support from these funds for the last 28 years. He has spent over three decades dedicated to improvement of cancer related services and to research through the Knight Cancer Institute. His major goal for Candlelighter’s is the development of an endowment fund to stabilize long-term funding of services.
Chad’s professional career includes business development specialist in agriculture, wine, and internet industries. His personal interests include Rotary, rodeo, University of Oregon sports, woodworking, and farming.
“I joined the Board because I am firstly a Candlelighters parent. My son Felix was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in November of 2007 at twenty-two months old. A cancer diagnosis is an unimaginable blow to a family, the road can be long, unpredictable and hard. Candlelighters was the silver lining to our diagnosis. It was Candlelighters that helped us build community and support for our WHOLE family. There is nothing more valuable then feeling like you’re not alone during this journey, that your family is not alone. Felix is now a healthy and happy 10 year old. I am a Candlelighters Board Member because I am passionate about giving back and ensuring other families that they do not have to go through this journey alone! As a board member and a parent I feel a unique responsibility to make sure the families are getting served and their needs met during and after a child hood cancer diagnosis. I am very glad to be giving back to that silver lining!”
VP of Family Relations
Integration Engineering Technician
“When a child is diagnosed with cancer it is not only the child that this horrible disease affects but the entire family and I know this from experience. The impact Candlelighters and their programs have on these kids and their families is invaluable.”
Ben and his family had a family friend who was touched by childhood cancer, and this is their way of giving back.
As a pediatric cancer survivor, I felt it was time to give back to the community of families facing this insidious disease that knows no boundaries. I came across Candlelighters in 2015 and knew immediately that this was the right organization to lend my story, passion, expertise and 25+ years of experience in non-profit fundraising. My family did not have the type of support Candlelighters provides the whole family as it wasn’t around yet. We had a very different experience. It is my personal mission to make sure families, facing the same issues and choices that my family did when I was young, have a place to come to for support, events and programs to help them as they navigate through a pediatric cancer diagnosis.
Jeffrey K. Yandle is a Senior Managing Director and Wealth Manager at First Republic Investment Management. Mr. Yandle has been recognized as a Top Wealth Advisor in Oregon by Forbes, as well as by Barron’s.
Jeff joined Candlelighters Board in 2019. He has participated as a cyclist in the Ride For A Child annual fundraiser for 8 years.
An active member of the nonprofit community, his past board affiliations include Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Metropolitan Family Services, Maybelle Center for Community and LaSalle High School Foundation.
Cory was looking for a local charity to help out that actually did the work and had a low overhead. He met with a friend who immediately recommended Candlelighters, as they had been so helpful when her son went through two bouts with cancer.
Vice President and Commercial Lending Officer
Pacific West Bank
Jackie has 32 plus years in Commercial and Private Banking in various roles. She is new to Candlelighter’s Board as of January 2021, though she has participated in several events for Candlelighters for the past 4 years including the committee for the Harvest of Hope event.
From the first Harvest of Hope event Jackie attended she knew this was the organization for her to spend her time and efforts. Cancer has touched several of her family members and Jackie herself is a breast cancer survivor. She is passionate about Candlelighter’s mission and the fact that Candlelighter’s supports children with cancer and their families. She will use her relationships in the communities she serves to provide support for the amazing mission of Candlelighters.
Business Development Manager
PavelComm, IT & Support Services
I was drawn to Candlelighters after having lunch with a longtime friend. Although we had met for other reasons, we spent most of the time discussing the organization, its history and achievements, as well as his personal involvement working to help them achieve their goals and mission.
I’ve been interested in joining a local charity/organization where I could invest my time and professional experience connecting with my friend, and now fellow board member, provided an even better understanding of the good that continues to be accomplished by others involved and wanting the same. I’m excited for the opportunity to help the organization achieve success with its current initiatives while working to identify new areas that I/we can bring value.
I am a Business Development Manager at Pavelcomm working with new and existing Clients that would benefit from a partnership with a Managed IT Services Provider.
Liz Kraus, J.D.
As a parent of a pediatric cancer-survivor, I became familiar with Candlelighters while living at Doernbecher. During our darkest hours, Candlelighters was there to provide a warm meal, a fuzzy blanket, and a friendly face. With a newborn child that fell outside of the services of many organizations, we were touched by the extensive outreach and services that Candlelighters provided to all patients and families.
Once we were able to re-enter the larger community, we took advantage of Candlelighter events where we had the opportunity to meet other families who had faced the same struggles as our own. Those connections to people who had faced or were facing our same challenges were key to our recovery as a family. Now that our daughter is healthy and happy, I wanted to give back to the organization that connected us to the larger childhood cancer community and that had done so much for us and other families living with us in 10S at Doernbecher.
I look forward to working with the current board to continue to grow and maintain the suite of Candlelighters’ services. I want to make sure that any family facing the shock of a pediatric cancer diagnosis has the support, resources, and outlets that Candlelighters provided to us and our greater pediatric cancer family.
As the parent of a child with cancer, I saw firsthand the incredible strength and resiliency of the children and families going through treatment. I am excited to work with Candlelighters to support families through resources and services that can help make things a little easier and let them know our community cares.
Dr. Kelsie Storm, M.D.
Dr. Kelsie Janelle Storm was born in Portland, OR but moved with her family to the Midwest and East Coast before coming back to the Pacific Northwest. She earned her medical degree from Loma Linda University where she was awarded the Robert F. Chinook award for excellence in Pediatrics.
Dr. Storm completed her residency in pediatrics, chief residency, and fellowship in pediatric hematology oncology at Oregon Health and Science University. During her fellowship, Dr. Storm was awarded the Neerhout Fellow Award for her commitment to patient care, research, and education. She also received a grant from the Oregon Medical Foundation to fund her research in Fanconi Anemia. Her clinical interests include brain tumors, solid tumors, hematologic malignancies, and bone marrow failure syndromes.
In her free time, Dr. Storm enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter exploring the culinary scene in Portland, traveling, running, and cheering on the Oregon Ducks.
Mary Lou Bradley, Robyn Thompson
Mid-Willamette Valley Co-Chairs
Mary Lou Bradley: 541.517.9315? firstname.lastname@example.org
Robyn Thompson: 541.521.8035? email@example.com