Family members must find ways to cope with the suffering and possibly the loss of their loved one, and in most cases suffer a severe financial impact. Candlelighters has long been devoted to serving the needs and improving the quality of life for children diagnosed with cancer and their family members.
A childhood cancer diagnosis and its aftermath can be devastating for the child and his/her entire family, but medical insurance does not always cover the cost of counseling. Candlelighters will help families cope with psychological burdens by offering service and support through professional therapy services.
The need for quality summer recreational programs for children with cancer and their siblings continues to grow. Our summer camps strive to bring kids undergoing similar struggles together in hopes of strengthening and uniting campers and encouraging them to overcome obstacles.
A cancer diagnosis presents many questions. Candlelighters provides access to additional information for families going through pediatric cancer.
Candlelighters of West Texas & Southern New Mexico (Formally Candlelighters of the El Paso Area)is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that serves families of children with cancer. It is the only no-cost provider in the region that supports children with cancer ages 0 to 21. Candlelighters was formed in 1978 by a small group of parents brought together by their shared journey of cancer. In 1983, Candlelighters became a nonprofit and in 1985, because of the growing need, Candlelighters of El Paso opened its first office. Today, we serve approximately 300 children in treatment and provide extended services to over 1,500 registered families in the El Paso area.