Emergency Financial Assistance
The stress of a diagnosis and treatment plan can be overwhelming.
Having to deal with bills on top of that, should not have to be a worry. We want to help provide as much support as possible, and get families back to focusing on what matters most: their loved ones. When there is less time worrying about paying bills, and more time spent together as a family, we know that can make a difference.
Families who meet the eligibility requirements below that need help on a reoccurring bill may receive up to $599.00 per budget year (January to December). The amount requested will be paid directly to the institution or business with gift cards distributed for gas or grocery needs.
- A family with a child 21 years of age or younger currently in treatment for cancer. Special cases will be considered for an on-going medical condition as a result of treatment.
- A few related illnesses, treated by chemotherapy, radiation, and/or a bone marrow transplant, though technically not cancer will also be considered.
How to request funds:
- A hospital social worker or hospital medical staff person must apply on behalf of the family.
- Social Workers will make the request by having the family fill out an Emergency Financial Assistance application signed by a parent.
- Parent/s must sign Candlelighters new family form provided by the social worker.
Priority is given to requests pertaining directly to utility bills, rent, mortgage, phone bills, grocery needs and emergency car maintenance.
In order to apply for Emergency Financial Assistance, contact your assigned Social Worker who can help walk you through the process. If you have not been assigned a social worker, please get in contact with Ruth at Ruth@CandlelightersOregon.org or call 503.719.4244.
Congratulations to our three Scholarship Recipients for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, Erin Morrison, Cameron Caldwell, and Anna Seely, all childhood cancer survivors with big dreams. Each recipient’s past experience as a childhood cancer survivor helped shape their lives, values and goals in unique ways. Read more about their stories by clicking on their picture on the right.
Scholarship Selection Process 2020-2021
Thank you to our volunteer committee members for your thorough review of the applications, and the challenging task of selection: Melissa Rose, Margie Jones, Alisha Steigerwald and Lauren Conn. These volunteers have a diversity of backgrounds, including being a parent of a child diagnosed with cancer, a Social Worker Student Intern who works with children and teens, and a professional scholarship reviewer.
Candlelighters would like to thank the Hougard and Tilden family for providing the critical funding to support Candlelighters 2021 scholarship initiative in memory of Owen Stolte.
Sign Up for Candlelighters Scholarship News!You will be notified when Candlelighters Scholarship applications are open for 2022-2023. Financial assistance is awarded to high school seniors or current college students to support their pursuit of a higher education who have previously been or are currently diagnosed with cancer and reside in Oregon and SW Washington.
In Hospital Programs
Being in the hospital is tough enough. Candlelighters is there for support every step of the way.
We understand that both in-patient and out-patient stays come with their own challenges, and we hope by providing in hospital programs to our families, they can alleviate some of the stress that comes with them. From meals and snacks to cuddly friends that make pokes easier, our programs provide comfort to our families.
The food pantry at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital offers hearty snacks and small meals to hungry tummies at any time of the day. It can supplement hospital meals or provide relief for families who cannot afford snacks otherwise. Our food pantries serve nearly 500 families a year. The food pantry is located in the Family Kitchen on 10 South.
DINNER AT DOERNBECHER AND?LUNCH AT RANDALL CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS
NOTE: These meal programs are currently on hold due to COVID19 safety measures in place at hospitals.
Sometimes you just need a good snack or a hot meal to make a tough day a little bit easier. Candlelighters wants to make sure that families in the hospital are provided with meals to keep them going through their long days. We also want to make sure more time can be spent by their patient’s side, and less time searching for a meal. Purchasing additional meals can be costly as well, and our aim with both our in hospital meals and food pantry is to help ease that burden.
Dinner at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital provides 24 meals annually to upwards of 75 meals on a busy night, and impacts an average of 15-20 families.
Providing lunch to patients at Randall Children’s Hospital makes a long, hard day a little bit easier. Here we serve 12 lunches annually and make a difference for 10-15 families during their stay.
Each month Candlelighters delivers nearly 100 lovable, cuddly Bedside Buddies to children at Doernbecher who have recently been diagnosed with cancer. These soft, furry stuffed animals are cheerfully waiting on hospital beds to greet any newly admitted child and there to cling to for reassurance when a child is facing a painful procedure, chemotherapy, scans and more. Our Bedside Buddies can also be found in the arms of children in outpatient oncology and radiation clinics. Although they are only a small distraction from the difficult path each child travels with cancer, they still provide comfort and can bring a smile on a tough day. If you would like to organize a drive for Bedside Buddies, or donate new Bedside Buddies, please contact us for details.
Candy Cane Lane (Seasonal)
Candy Cane Lane
This past December 2020, 60 families participated in our annual Candy Cane Lane. Some arrived with a van full of kids, some parents picked up gifts for a child too sick to come. All left with a trunk full of gifts, and hopefully hearts full of extra joy and hope. We want to thank all of our volunteers, sponsors and Westside A Jesus Church for the use of their facility and a surprise gift – generous gift cards for families. Check out our Volunteer Spotlight about Salena Griffith, who dedicates her energy and talents to Candy Cane Lane each year with amazing results.
For Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please contact Sarah.
Resources for Parents and Caregivers
Childhood Cancer Resources and Organizations
You asked for more resources, so we put together this PDF list of a wide range of organizations and information specifically related to childhood cancer. Note that these are independent organizations, not affiliated with Candlelighters.
Your well being is important to us, and we want to make sure that you know about all of the resources* available to you. Please see below for ideas on keeping busy at home, as well as links to other website with information on Coronavirus support guides, helpful apps, and articles. If you have ideas or links to resources you think would be useful to our community, please email Lisa.
Fun Things to Do At Home With Kids
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Mo welcomes you into his studio at home and guides you through drawing/writing activities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmzjCPQv3y8
Listen to story time from celebs at Storyline Online
Lesson plans and projects by grade (up to 9th?grade)
Family activity ideas and virtual events for kids (regardless of location):
Ways to Pass the Time
Georgia Aquarium Webcam
San Diego Zoo Webcam
Oregon coronavirus layoffs: What to do when you?ve lost your job
Washington State: For Workers affected by Covid-19
Coronavirus Support Guides
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Comprehensive Lists of Resources
Helplines and Crisislines
http://www.foodpantries.org for food pantries in your area.
Crisis Text Line (24/7 Text Support)
Domestic Violence and Abuse
National Suicide Prevention
*Please note that we’re not affiliated with, endorsing or recommending any of these organizations or activities.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia Survivor
I will be attending Gonzaga University in the fall, and I will be majoring in nursing. I am also hoping to continue my love for dance and try out for the Gonzaga dance team. I am beyond excited to start this next chapter of my life, and I am looking forward to becoming a nurse. Giving back to my community and children battling cancer is very important to me, and I am so excited to make this passion my career!
I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at age 11. I started my first dose of chemotherapy at 10:00 PM on Christmas Eve. I spent 133 days inpatient at the hospital and rarely got to see my friends and family.Those 133 days definitely made a huge impact on my life. Because I was only 11 years old, I did not fully understand what was happening to me. However, all of the plans I made as a child changed, and suddenly I was drawn to nursing. I never imagined that my family would be known as “that cancer family.” There is nothing we could have done to prevent it and if I am being honest, I would not change my experience for anything. My leukemia made me realize that I have a passion for helping kids and I must follow my passion. Children fighting cancer need to have someone they can rely on and connect with and I aspire to be that person.
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor
I am so thankful for everything Candlelighters has done for me! I’ve had the opportunity to be on both the volunteer and receiving end of this amazing organization and feel so lucky to be part of the Candlelighters community and the support they provide for children with cancer. After getting sick, the dream of attending college felt so out-of-reach. Receiving this scholarship gives me the strength and hope to continue going after my dreams.
Erin Morrison is a recent graduate from Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon. She will be attending the University of Oregon in the Clark Honors College this fall. Erin hopes to one day have a career in either Space Policy or Space Science Communications.
Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 14, Erin refused to let cancer define her and stayed involved in both school and community activities. She was an active member of the Hillsboro Youth Advisory Council for four years, where she helped pass local policy banning the use of plastic bags. Her passion for space science and educating others led her to establish a regional STEM and astronomy program that has impacted over 3500 girls and encouraged them in the pursuit of STEM fields. Erin is also an active advocate for childhood
My name is Cameron Caldwell, and I am going into my junior year in Bio-Health science at Oregon Institute of Technology, in hopes of becoming a practicing oncologist. I would like to attend Medical School at OHSU as I have received many treatments at this facility.
Aside from school, I work at Dutch Bros, and spend a great deal of time volunteering for the community. I’m a pretty easy going guy, but when I set a goal for myself, I give it 100%. I enjoy outdoor activities, reading and a good ole episode of family guy.