From the desk of Jocelyn Lamont, Candlelighters Executive Director

Hello Candlelighters Community!

It is my sincerest hope that you and your loved ones have been spared the terrible health effects of COVID-19 and are managing to adapt to the many social distancing practices that have been implemented to remain COVID-19 free.

These times are indeed unprecedented but together we will get through it. I am determined to find something every day to be grateful for and despite the April showers we are experiencing today, to see a brighter tomorrow!

As we all know, childhood cancer doesn’t stop for anything and despite this global pandemic, young cancer patients continue to go to hospital for chemotherapy and radiation treatments, many remain in hospital, and unfortunately, families continue to receive the news “your child has cancer”.

At Candlelighters, we continue to deliver as many of our programs and services as possible while keeping both staff and member families safe. The benefits of our CyberKids and E-Reader program can be much better understood now, as all of us are in situations where we must learn to cope with isolation and we look to keep up-to-date with information and learn more about our new circumstances.

We are working hard to keep connected with our member families to assure them we are here for them. Coping with childhood cancer is hard, for every member of the family. Candlelighters has counselling services available even now. And for those finding the additional stress of the COVID-19 situation on top of childhood cancer especially difficult, we encourage you not to hesitate at all to reach out for some telephone or video counselling with Jennifer Finestone, who works so closely with us. We’re here to help!

What to do with all the kids at home 24-7? Jason Campbell, our Community Development Coordinator, has been posting numerous activities and virtual places to visit. While many of us have tuned in to the Tiger King on Netflix, why not set the kids up for a visit at the San Diego Zoo on line. It’s captivating (this I know as 25 minutes slipped by in the blink of an eye when I checked it out J) Check out all our social media platforms for great information! FB Inst Tw

The impact to our economy is tremendous, to what extent we don’t know. The future of many sectors, including the non-profit sector that Candlelighters is part of, is filled with uncertainty and darkness. Candlelighters remains committed to providing support for families of children with cancer. If you can, please consider making a donation to Candlelighters and help us #LightTheJourney. Thank you. We will get through this and your support can help ensure we continue to support 100% of children and youth diagnosed with childhood cancer here in this region.

Today, in closing I want to wish you all a Happy Easter, or happiness in the celebrations of your faith. It will be a different kind of celebration this year, but I urge you all to find joy in any way you can and create joyful memories (maybe even new traditions) that we can look back on in the years to come. Stay safe and see a brighter tomorrow!


Warm Regards,

Jocelyn Lamont

Executive Director

 
 
Hello Candlelighters Community!
 
It is my sincerest hope that you and your loved ones, colleagues, friends, neighbours and all those important to you remain safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Life is moving fast, changes are occurring every day and what we do know is things are likely to remain uncertain and unfamiliar for the foreseeable future.
 
Here is what is happening at Candlelighters and how we are handling the current situation and preparing for the next few months:
 
Childhood Cancer stops for no one; not even a pandemic. Children continue to receive cancer treatments and based on previous years, we anticipate 10 new childhood cancer diagnosis in our region before the beginning of summer.
 
Candlelighters remains committed to serving our member families and responding to their needs in a safe and innovative manner.
 
What Candlelighters is doing amidst the COVID-19 situation:
 
  • Our staff are working remotely, meet daily through FaceTime and remaining in constant communication through text and email;
  • Our Board of Directors are providing expertise and oversight throughout this tumultuous time;
  • We remain in close contact with the professional health care team at CHEO to ensure that we can continue to address the needs of our members;
  • We are keeping our member families up to date on how they can continue to access services;
  • We have modified programs to continue offering them. As an example, counselling services by phone and/or video sessions;
  • We are anticipating an increase in demand for real, tangible programs that address the evolving needs of our member families.
 
What has changed at Candlelighters?
 
  • Fundraising! The impact COVID -19 has on the economy will definitely impact Candlelighters and our ability to raise much needed funds to ensure program delivery. We need our community partners more than ever and are grateful for their ongoing commitment to Candlelighters:
 
  • The Inside Ride has been rescheduled to October 8, 2020. Our amazing partners at Nokia and Childhood Cancer Canada/Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation remain committed to making this event happen!
 
  • Foundation Ride 4 Light will take place on September 19, 2020. Thank you to Foundation Private Wealth Management for committing to host the 3rd annual ride in 2020. Stay tuned for more details!
 
  • Third Party Events (those hosted by volunteers in the community) have also been postponed for the foreseeable future
 
 
What remains the same at Candlelighters?
 
  • Our passion for making a difference in the lives of children, and their families, coping with childhood cancer despite the challenges we are currently experiencing;
  • Our commitment to our member families and ensuring the ongoing delivery of programs and services;
  • Our appreciation of fabulous community partners and their ongoing commitment to helping us achieve our goals;
  • Our gratitude for kind and generous donors who continue to make a positive impact in the lives of children and families!
 
We are in this together and together we will get through it!
 
Be well everyone!

Many oncology families are very well trained in handwashing precautions. What many may not realize are the psychological impacts of COVID-19

Please be kind to yourself and others during these stressful times and try to limit your intake of media related to COVID-19.

While it is important to stay informed, be aware of misleading information. A lot of information can become all-consuming and increase stress, fear and anxiety.

If you are struggling with stress, fear and anxiety, we are here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Support is available via phone and video sessions.

We are here for you. Reach out to us today: programs@candlelighters.net