Our Story

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada (Candlelighters) was chartered in 1978 by two families, each of whom had a child being treated for cancer. With little to no resources to help them navigate the world of childhood cancer, they came together to create a network of support for families affected by the disease. They believed that families could find strength, knowledge, and comfort by banding together during their most difficult times. They wanted to use their experience to lessen the burden of those they knew would follow. Since that time, thousands of children in Nevada have been diagnosed with cancer.

Today, Candlelighters maintains a full-time office with professional staff focusing on three main areas of support: emotional, quality of life, and financial assistance. Candlelighters serves approximately 400 families and more than 1,800 children (both siblings and diagnosed children) throughout the year.

A child diagnosed with cancer being treated in Nevada is the only requirement to become a Candlelighters Family. All programs and services are provided at no cost to the families.

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 with the goal of allowing them to focus on the journey, and most importantly, loving their child.

Our Vision

Our vision is to alleviate the isolation many families feel at the time their child is diagnosed. We offer our love, care, encouragement, and understanding so that nobody will face the uncertain world of childhood cancer alone.

Our Core Values