My older brother is a childhood cancer survivor. Soon after my family got back from visiting family in Detroit, we found out that my brother, Karon, had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Candlelighters reached out to us right away after we found out. They helped our family in incredible ways by introducing us to lifelong friends, helping us find new interests like arts and crafts, and providing us with a lot of opportunities to get out and do stuff when we otherwise would not have been able to. They really went out of their way to give us new experiences. They made it easier on our family, too. Candlelighters provided a lot for us financially. If we asked Mom for a new toy, she didn’t have to sort through our expenses, and we didn’t feel like another burden. Things like a new toy might be little to other families, but to us, it was the greatest thing ever; something new to distract us from what was happening. We could still be kids whenever we wanted and I’m really grateful for it. I was too young to really appreciate it then but now I recognize every last thing that they have done for me. I think Candlelighters is a really great place. As a sibling, I appreciate that all the support they provide is for the whole family and not just the patients.