The 40 Faces of Candlelighters chronicles and shares the stories of individuals and their families who have benefited from the support of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.
In 2018, the nonprofit organization observes 40 years of service in Las Vegas. Each Forty Faces of Candlelighters story represents one year of the nonprofit’s operation, providing just a small glimpse of the significant impact the organization has made in improving the lives of families in our community.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers is proud to sponsor Forty Faces of Candlelighters.
children under 19 diagnosed with cancer each year
survivors face chronic health condition
families experiencing financial hardship
US childhood cancer survivors
Facts pulled from American Childhood Cancer Organization
This is the story of Angel Arenas
To hear Arlet Artiga recount her son Angel Arenas’ cancer journey is heart-wrenching. No cancer journey is easy, but some families seem to encounter graver difficulties than others. Angel’s fight was particularly tough and had long-reaching impacts. So, it’s surprising to hear Arlet say, “I don’t think I would change it. I would go through it again with him. He was a three-year-old adult. It made him grow up. It made him who he is. It’s magnificent what kids can do. They are going through the hardest thing they can possibly do, and it doesn’t break them. It’s a miracle to watch them. And, I wouldn’t change it, I would go through it again with him.”
At 20-years-old, Arlet is proud of Angel’s accomplishments. He is kind and considerate of others, a loyal older brother, and incredibly hard-working. He works a fulltime job while attending CSN as a full-time student. Angel plans to pursue an engineering degree at UNLV because Arlet says, he wants to build solutions to help people with disabilities.
Arlet believes Angel’s early experience with adversity helped shape the man he has become today. But, her current outlook on their experience took years to take shape. Her initial reaction was one of fear and shock.