Candlelighters of W. TX/So. NM

Because Kids Can’t Fight Cancer Alone

Candlelighters of the W. TX/So. NM 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 25. 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 and surrounding areas.

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.

Meet Our Staff

Board of Directors

John Hernandez – President
Elevated Solutions

Judy Peinado – Secretary
CultureSpan Marketing
Vice President

Cyndi Maestas-Henry – Treasurer
Lauterbach Borschow
Shareholder, CPA

Jaime Martinez
Mt. Carmel Funeral Home

Brad Dubow
Town Square Media
General Manager

Marguerite Byers-Ramey
Marketing Consultant

Dr. Mary Lacaze
El Paso Children’s Hospital
Medical Director

Todd Hutzler
Ferguson Enterprises
General Manager

Amanda French
El Paso Children’s Hospital
Nurse Practitioner

Gabe Peña (*)
3-NT Trucking
Director of Operations

Rachelle Williams
El Paso Electric Co.
Principal Financial Analyst

Stephanie Valle
Good Morning El Paso,
Anchor/Executive Producer

Valerie Garcia
Hotel Paso Del Norte
Corporate Sales Manager

Ruth Gifford
WestStar Bank
Marketing Manager

Teresa Cano
Providence Children’s Hospital
Dir. Nursing, Pedi-Oncology

(*) Indicates Cancer Survivor or Parent of a Candlelighters Child

Candlelighters Staff

Scott Lynch
Chief Executive Officer (*)

Mary Vasquez
Director of Family Services (*)

Taylor Adams
AYA Program Manager

Hilda Menefee
Family Services Coordinator (*)

Norma Reyes
Special Projects Coordinator

Hayley Lynch
Grant Writer – part time

Donation Center Staff

Ray De La Fuente – Manager

Tony Rubio – Driver Coordinator

Customer Service Representatives

Letty Bernal

Patty Sanchez

Erma Tovar

Lourdes Rivero Robleto


Victor Herrera

Rosemary Maese

Mark Barragan