Practical Support From Parents Who’ve Been There

Candlelighters would not be successful in our main objectives of providing emotional and educational support to families coping with childhood cancer if we did not have the Parent Consultant Program.

Our Candlelighters Parent Consultant Program was developed to directly meet the needs of families at the treatment centers and to inform them of potential resources and help through Candlelighters. Each Parent Consultant had or has a child with cancer and knows what it is like to be the parent of a child with cancer. The Parent Consultant provides emotional support, educational support and practical support to families being treated at the Texas Medical Center. This unique program consists of four parent consultants serving childhood cancer families at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Cancer Hospital and Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Donations and grants from the community are the backbone of this Candlelighters program. Candlelighters is always looking for sponsors to help with our services: Parking assistance, Meal Passes, Toiletry bags, Grocery Gift Certificates, Gas Gift Certificates, Pharmacy Gift Cards, Funeral Assistance and our Candlelighters Parent Support Group Meetings.


Candlelighters Parent Consultants

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Children’s Cancer Hospital
Jaynie Hutchinson * Yuvisela Sifuentes *
Parent Consultant Bilingual Parent Consultant
(713) 792-4891 (713) 792-4891
Texas Children’s Cancer Center  
Maria Pena * Linda Pena *
Bilingual Parent Consultant Bilingual Parent Consultant
(832) 822-1415 (832) 822-1415



*denotes parent of childhood cancer survivor