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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:

August 21st – Portland Chapter (Bullwinkle’s)
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)

Space may be limited, so please RSVP  by June 25th. SIGN UP
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! RSVP by June 25th.  SIGN UP

 T-Shirt Design Contest is back!

All Candlelighters families who participate in any of these summer activities will get a shirt. Would you like to help design it? All family members are invited to submit a design by June 18th.See below for guidelines. The winner receives a $25 Amazon gift card or Pizza gift card AND the fame associated with designing the T-shirt!

Guidelines for designing the T-shirt
  • 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

Send your design in an image file (.jpg or png preferably) to by June 18th. 

We’ll vote on the designs through a Facebook poll afterward.

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!


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 assistance with funeral costs,ask your social worker for assistance.

For additional information please contact: Lisa at 971-255-0298 /

Join our private Candlelighters Bereavement Community Group on Facebook.

Bereavement Activities
Bereaved families, we invite you to a summer gathering to honor your children, Picnic on the Farm, hosted in collaboration with Embrace Compassion. We will gather to have food, create art, and most importantly, honor our children together. Please join us for:

Picnic on the Farm

Saturday, July 10th

10 am- 1 pm

Pearl Street Urban Farm in Sherwood, OR.
Space may be limited. If you want to attend, please RSVP by May 28th to stay updated on the details for Picnic on the Farm.
If you already filled out the form, we have secured your spot and will be hearing from us soon.

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

Bereavement Support

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

Healing on the Farm

  After her son Julian was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2019 and died in 2020, Jennifer Bridges, founder of Embrace Compassion, decided to honor his memory by making life brighter for kids with cancer. She and her family opened their farm to local families...
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