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 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.

Candlelighters Staff

Sarah Breece

Sarah Breece

Executive Director

Lisa Chavez

Lisa Chavez

Programs Manager

Angela Griffin-Meyers

Angela Griffin-Meyers

Marketing Manager

Jennifer Kelly

Jennifer Kelly

Events and Fundraising Manager

Ruth Lorente

Ruth Lorente

Administrative Business Manager

Moana Newman

Moana Newman

Development Director

Candlelighters Board

Executive Committee

Larry "Chad" Chadwick

Larry "Chad" Chadwick

President Elect

Meghan Duncan

Meghan Duncan

Past President

Joe Farrar

Joe Farrar

VP of Family Relations

Ben Tallman

Ben Tallman

Secretary

Mollie Worcester

Mollie Worcester

President

Jeffrey K. Yandle

Jeffrey K. Yandle

Treasurer

Board

Cory Connors

Cory Connors

Jackie Costello

Jackie Costello

JD Godfrey

JD Godfrey

Liz Kraus, J.D.

Liz Kraus, J.D.

Melissa Rose

Melissa Rose

Dr. Kelsie Storm, M.D.

Dr. Kelsie Storm, M.D.

Candlelighters Chapters

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

Mary Lou Bradley, Robyn Thompson

Mid-Willamette Valley

Kimberly Bruhn

Kimberly Bruhn

Southern Oregon

Kimberly Banner

Kimberly Banner

Central Oregon

Jobs with Candlelighters

Thank you for your interest in working with our community of hope. There are no job openings at this time. We encourage you to check back, and follow us on social media for notifications.

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