Our mission is to provide information and awareness for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, to advocate for their needs, and to support research so every child survives and leads a long and healthy life.
Candlelighters advocates for children and adolescents with cancer and their families. Mainly advocating for families in Washington, D.C., they have been working towards improving the lives of children with cancer since 1970. Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCCF) was started by a group of parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer and today is a national organization providing direct services and support to local families. Each year, Candlelighters hosts an annual tree lighthing event. ‘Light up the Holidays with Hope’ helps families find a place in the community by gathering around a tree decorated with thousands of gold ribbons, denoting childhood cancer; each ribbon dedicated to a child who has, or has had cancer. The tree lighting is followed by a carnival where children and families can celebrate together.
To learn how to volunteer or get involved, visit http://www.candlelighters.org/