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 Paula Erlich
A cancer diagnosis at any age is a daunting prospect, but facing the disease and the side effects resulting from treatment are particularly challenging for teens. Twenty-seven-year-old Paula Erlich remembers her teenage cancer journey all too well.
“I was 15-years-old, a freshman in high school. Toward the end of my freshman year, I found a lump in my right armpit, probably about the size of a baseball. I didn’t think much of it, until one day I was in science class. In class, they were talking about mono – the kissing disease. And, I thought I had contracted something from sharing a Gatorade."