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Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance

Since 1989, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance has provided emotional, educational and practical support for families of children with cancer. The Children’s Cancer Hospital works with Candlelighters to support a staff of parent consultants at the hospital.

Our parent consultants have or had a child with cancer and are here to help other families cope with the day-to-day trials of  the disease. As part of this program, parent consultants facilitate a weekly parent support group, share their knowledge and experiences with families, and help families find additional resources or support that they may need.

Candlelighters provides families with:

  • parent consultants on-site
  • weekly on-site support groups
  • a quarterly newsletter with useful information on childhood cancer issues
  • practical assistance such as parking passes, gas cards, meal passes and grocery store gift cards
  • family activities and camps throughout the year.

Parent Support Group

One of the most important activities sponsored by Candlelighters is its weekly Parent Support Group.

Meeting Information:
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ronald McDonald Family Waiting Room, Main Building, Floor 9

Academic Scholarships for Children’s Cancer Hospital Patients

Candlelighters also funds and provides Children’s Cancer Hospital patients with academic scholarships. Contact our parent consultants for an application.

Contact Information

To find out more about Candlelighters or to request support, contact our parent consultants, Jaynie Hutchinson and Roseanna Daly, at 713-792-4891 or visit

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