Our Mission

Our mission is to provide emotional support, quality of life programs, and financial assistance for children and their families affected by childhood cancer.

40 Faces

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
    children under 19 diagnosed with cancer each year

    15,780

  • survivors face chronic health condition
    survivors face chronic health condition

    66%

  • families experiencing financial hardship
    families experiencing financial hardship

    83%

  • US childhood cancer survivors
    US childhood cancer survivors

    270,000 +

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."