• Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer
  • Each year, an estimated 11,060 new cases of childhood cancer will be diagnosed
  • Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death from disease among children
  • Six years old is the average age of a childhood cancer patient upon diagnosis
  • The most common types of childhood cancer include leukemias, brain and central nervous system tumors, and lymphomas
  • Late effects of treatment are a concern for survivors of childhood cancer and can lead to profound, lasting physical and emotional effects
  • In terms of number of patients treated, Houston is home to the largest children’s cancer center in the world
  • More than 80% of families who have a child diagnosed with cancer will face financial hardship
  • 90% of double-income families who have a child diagnosed with cancer become one-income families upon diagnosis
  • Siblings of childhood cancer patients often feel neglected, over-looked and unimportant
  • One in every four elementary schools has a child with cancer; and on average every high school has at least two students who had or has cancer


Candlelighters provides all of our services and programs at no cost to families of children with cancer. Candlelighters relies on the support and generosity of the community to fund our programs and services; through donations from foundations, individuals, large corporations, and small businesses we are able to accomplish our goals. Our signature fundraising events include the Lights of Courage, Fun Walk, and Margarita Taste Off.

We pride ourselves in the integrity and efficiency of our donors’ dollars. 78 cents of every dollar goes directly to providing support to families of children with cancer.


2021 Audit

2021 Form 990