Candlelighters began in 1989 with two parent support groups from the Texas Medical Center: one at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and one at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Cancer Hospital. The Texas Children’s Hospital group sought formal incorporation, and in 1992 Candlelighters was legally formed. In the fall of 1992, they invited the MD Anderson Parent Group to join them and the two organizations merged into one.
The Parent Consultant Program was developed to directly meet the needs of families at the treatment centers and to inform them of potential resources. Our programs and services extend beyond the hospital walls with our Family Camp, Adopt-A-Family, Fall Festival, quarterly newsletter, and other special events. Over the years, we have learned how critically valuable it is for our Parent Consultants to be able to personally hand parents of children with cancer practical assistance such as a meal pass, parking assistance, or gas card. It is our greatest honor and privilege to bring this type of comfort to childhood cancer families when stress is so high and they feel so helpless.
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance
Provides emotional, educational and practical support to families of children with cancer.
Although this is our mission statement, it does not tell the whole story, the story of how Candlelighters is there to support hundreds of families each month in a very special way.
It does not tell the story of the special bond that develops between a Parent Consultant and the family of a child newly diagnosed with cancer.
It does not tell the story of the thousands of dollars that a family will spend on parking, meals, and groceries while their child is undergoing treatment and how Candlelighters is there to ease that burden.
It does not tell the story of so many families who would not be able to celebrate the holiday season if it were not for our Adopt-A-Family program. Individuals, corporations, and many groups come together each year to provide a special holiday for hundreds of children and their families.
It does not tell the story of the family that has to come to terms with the fact that their child is not going to survive. The countless hours Candlelighters’ Parent Consultants sit with families listening and providing solace during their time of need is priceless.
And…it does not tell the story of the precious time that families spend together at Camp CLIFF experiencing the magic and fun of camp, surrounded by one another and caring Candlelighters’ volunteers. Camp is always a time to be treasured!
The stories are endless, as are the needs of the families who have children battling cancer. Candlelighters thanks you for your awareness that…
No family has to face childhood cancer alone.