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.
Our agency offers emergency financial assistance, transportation, scholarships, caregiver workshops, counseling, summer oncology camps and many other services and activities for our children and their families. We also offer respite training to caregivers, financial literacy training and college assistance to survivors. Financial support is provided for as long as a child is in treatment (usually three years) and for six months after to ensure the family returns to normalcy.