Therapeutic/Emotional Services

Caring for Families through Adversity (CFA)

Is a three session intervention for parents and caregivers of children recently diagnosed with cancer. CFA is an integrated cognitive behavioral and family systems intervention that was developed by a multidisciplinary team in Oncology. The purpose of CFA is to promote healthy family adjustment to pediatric cancer and treatment and to prevent cancer – related post-traumatic stress symptoms in family members.

Equine Facilitated Learning

Is a service provided by 4-Bit Therapeutic Horsemanship which is integrated into the overall rehabilitation of the child. It is the art of using horses to promote physical, occupational and emotional growth.

Caregiver Training

Caregivers learn the importance of taking care of themselves in addition to others. They are given relaxation techniques, coping skills, and self-help techniques for the mind, body and spirit.

AYA Support Group

Adolescents & young adults (AYA) gather to share common problems and experiences associated with a particular problem, condition, illness, or personal circumstance. They get the opportunity to talk with other AYA’s that are like themselves-teens who truly understand what they are going through and can share the type of practical insights that can only come from firsthand experience. Please call Taylor Adams at (915) 544-2222 if you have any questions or are interested in joining!

AYA Conference

This conference is for AYA cancer survivors, their siblings, parents, and caregivers. We will discuss cancer related issues such as depression, anxiety, stress management, and reclaiming your life back. We will also host a variety of activities like meditation, mindfulness techniques, free health assessments, and much more! This conference is at no cost to Candlelighters families. Survivors 16-25 years old are welcome, with a few exceptions of siblings 14 years old and up. If you are interested in registering or have any questions, contact Taylor Adams at (915) 544-2222.

Annual Parent Retreat

The Parent Retreat is a local, weekend getaway for Candlelighters’ parents. We offer structured programming in the morning and afternoon with guest speakers that provide sessions on communication skills, anger management, coping skills, stress relief, and more. Join us to reestablish your commitment to each other and fight cancer together. Held once a year in the summer. Call Mary Vasquez at (915) 544-2222 for more information.

“Remember Always” Seminar

A one day seminar providing information to individuals who have lost a child to a catastrophic illness such as cancer. For many parents, life after the child’s death is unbearable; thus we explore different programs and activities that help families live beyond the death of their child.

Family Meetings

 Family monthly meetings feature guest speakers who are invited to speak on cancer related topics. Families who attend also receive a monthly calendar and updates for events.