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Lauren Conn, Candlelighters Programs Intern

I am a Programs Intern at Candlelighters in my final year of the Bachelor’s in Social Work program at Portland State University.  I wanted to intern at Candlelighters because I hope to get my Master’s degree in social work and become a pediatric hospital social worker.  I spent time in pediatric hospitals as a teenager, and those experiences inspired me to pursue a career in social work.  In my time as a Candlelighters intern I have had opportunities to learn about the experiences of children and families going through pediatric cancer, and I hope to use the knowledge I have gained to support families in my future career as a social worker.

Throughout the year some of the projects I have had the opportunity to work on are creating a resource guide for families, helping create an annual evaluation so Candlelighters can regularly review feedback from families, and helping develop a Bereavement Committee where bereaved parents have opportunities to help Candlelighters expand programming for bereaved families.  I also recently got to participate on the Candlelighters scholarship review committee and am excited to have gotten to play a role in supporting childhood cancer survivors in reaching their educational and vocational goals.  While I would have loved to get to experience Candlelighters programs in-person and have gotten more opportunities to connect with and get to know families, I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had this year and hope to stay involved with Candlelighters in the future.

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First Republic and Jeff Yandle

Jeff (pictured at Ride For a Child 2019, far right) serves as Treasurer on the Candlelighters Executive Board, and Sr. Director of Wealth Management at First Republic Bank. It will be his 10th year riding for Ride for a Child - that's dedication! Thank you Jeff, and...