Candlelighters Family Activities – Summer 2021
On August 29, for the second year running, we held 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 camp-related tasks before other families do. 30 teams/families participated in the 26 missions, with over 510 submissions throughout the 6 hour event! Phew! 12 families completed all 26 missions. Congrats to all the participants! It was truly a wonderful way to spend the day; seeing friendly faces, furry friends, messy kitchens, favorite stuffed animals, hidden talents…Some family – favorite “missions” were create an instructional video of how to set up a tent (with whatever you have on hand), recreate camp sounds, dance like nobody is watching, and one of our favorites – video, draw or write something nice about another team’s picture or video. We’ll have official votes on family favorite nominations and a link to the event photo/video album soon!
T-Shirt Design Contest:
Each year, Candlelighters creates a new Camp T-shirt. The last two years, we’ve held a design contest, with the winner’s design as the focal point of the shirt. 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 wearing their shirts.
Candlelighters families who signed up for any of these summer activities by the June 25th deadline received a T-shirt.
All family members were invited to submit a design by June 18th.
- 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.
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!
Parent and Caregiver Support Group
Connecting with other parents and caregivers who understand what having a child diagnosed with cancer is helpful. Join our online support group meetings, facilitated by Dr. Marianne Kabour. This will be a chance to meet other parents and caregivers so that you can share your thoughts, stories, and concerns relating to childhood cancer. If there’s a specific topic you would like to address, please send it ahead of time.
Wednesday, February 2
Parent-Caregiver Support Group Sign UpParent / Caregiver Support Groups are hosted by Candlelighters, and moderated by Dr. Marianne Kabour. We meet on zoom the first Wednesday of each month at 5:45pm. We'll email you the zoom link in advance.
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.
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 Bereavement events, or contact Lisa@CandlelightersOregon.org for more information.
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.
What’s Your Family’s Story?
Every childhood cancer story is unique, and we want to learn more about yours.