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Candlelighters Family Activities – Summer 2021
Embracing Community! Candlelighters Summer Events

Summer is around the corner, and we are excited to host in-person activities in August. Join us for some fun and opportunities to meet other Candlelighters families!
In addition to the in-person activities, we will also host our virtual Camp Outside the Box! Please feel free to sign up for both in-person and virtual options.

Candlelighters Summer Schedule:

In-Person
August 21st – Portland Chapter (Bullwinkle’s) At capacity
August 21st – Southern Oregon (Bowling Party at Roxy Ann Lanes)
August 22nd – Bend (Sun Mountain Fun Center)
August 22nd – Mid-Willamette Valley (Camp Putt & Roaring Rapids Pizza)

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Virtual
August 29th- Camp Outside the Box, a virtual scavenger hunt where families create, find, build and LAUGH together to try to beat the clock and complete the list of tasks before other families do! There are still spots available!

 T-Shirt Design Contest: Results Are In!
Meet the winner of this year’s T-Shirt design contest, Jacey Rhodes! She and her husband are parents of two boys – Austin, and 5 year old Eli, who has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia this past year. She chose to donate back the prize of the Amazon gift card to Candlelighters, saying, “You have been a true light in a few of our dark times over the past year.” Jacey came up with the design while she was doodling with her boys, trying to keep them entertained. Thanks, Jacey and family! Check out their picture from Camp Outside the Box 2020:

 

Candlelighters families who signed up for any of these summer activities by the June 25th deadline will get a T-shirt. 

All family members were invited to submit a design by June 18th.

Guidelines for designing the T-shirt were:
 
  • Our theme is embracing community
  • Design an image or symbol that represents this theme.
  • Design big, bold graphics that work in black and white or greyscale.
  • Do not include a lot of detail. Fine print is difficult to print on T-shirts. The simpler the design, the better.
  • We’ll include the Candlelighters logo, so don’t’ worry about that.
  • All Candlelighters family members can submit

About Candlelighters Family Camp:
Traditionally (before COVID) Family Camp is an in-person event. Every year since 1995 during Labor Day weekend, we have hosted Candlelighters Family Camp for Candlelighters family members in Eugene, OR. It is an incredible three days filled with laughter, play, connecting, love and healing. Our families come together and get the opportunity to experience the magic of Family Camp while horseback riding, zip lining, swimming, riding go karts and bumper boats, attending campfires, and so much more! It is a great weekend for families to come and create memories.

 

Candlelighters Family Camp is offered to children diagnosed with cancer and their families. Attendance is 100% free of charge ensuring that all families who are interested in having the Family Camp experience can participate regardless of socioeconomic status or trying to balance medical bills during treatment.

What makes Candlelighters Family Camp unique is that the experience is for the entire family. Parents, siblings and even the child living with cancer enjoy a weekend where the worries of treatments and associated struggles are left behind.

Youth Programs

The Luminaries is Candlelighters youth and young adult program whose focus is on increasing positive social interactions amongst youth while building leadership skills. The Luminaries mission is to provide spaces for kids and young adults who have experienced cancer and their youth siblings to connect, grow and support one another through social connections and projects.

Learn more about one of our Luminaries leaders, Garrett,and how joining The Luminaries opened up a new world for him after his diagnosis at 16. And watch Sierra’s dance to “Warrior” – a beautiful interpretation of her cancer journey. Check out the Luminaries playlist on Youtube.

The Luminaries program is open to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer or their sibling and is aged 13-21. Due to the current environment of Covid-19, the Luminaries are currently meeting online to chat and discuss future projects. Email Lisa, Programs Specialist for information on how to join!

Scholarship Recipient Erin Morrison

Congratulations to our three 2021/2022 Candlelighters Scholarship recipients! As part of our whole-family support, Candlelighters offers three Scholarships a year. Scholarships are available to childhood cancer survivors in our community. Our goal is to help offset...
Bereavement

To help families cope with the pain and grief of losing a loved one, Candlelighters offers two different activities throughout the year to help during an unimaginable time in a family’s life. Additionally bereaved families are welcome to attend all Candlelighters family activities. Meeting and getting to know other families experiencing grief offers strength and courage as well as community knowing they’re not alone. We also offer help with funeral costs, please ask your social worker for assistance with requesting funds.

For additional information please contact: Lisa at 971-255-0298 / Lisa@candlelightersoregon.org.

Join our private Candlelighters Bereavement Community Group on Facebook.

Bereavement Activities
Candlelighters offers two different activities throughout the year – one during the summer, and one during the winter – to help during an unimaginable time in a family’s life. Please sign up for our Family Connections newsletter, to be notified of our next event in the Winter of 2021/2022, or contact Lisa@CandlelightersOregon.org for more ways to connect.
 

 

Funeral Fund Assistance

We also understand that when a child passes away the focus should be on the family and not the bills associated with it. Candlelighters offers a one time Emergency Funeral Financial Assistance up to $500 to help ease the burden of a loss. Please contact Lisa@CandlelightersOregon.org.

Bereavement Support

There are resources to help during your journey with grief and bereavement.

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    Scholarship Recipient Erin Morrison

    Congratulations to our three 2021/2022 Candlelighters Scholarship recipients! As part of our whole-family support, Candlelighters offers three Scholarships a year. Scholarships are available to childhood cancer survivors in our community. Our goal is to help offset...

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