Candlelighters understand that a cancer diagnosis is an overwhelming experience.

A childhood cancer diagnosis can be devastating for a family. Support is crucial for not just the young patient but for parents and siblings as well. Candlelighters offers a number of support programs so families know they aren’t alone on the journey.

Candlelighters coordinates the following support services:

Birthday Greetings

Young cancer patients’ or survivors’ special day is celebrated and acknowledged by Candlelighters.

Candlelighters Courage Beads

Young cancer patients’ story of courage is honoured with these beads. For every poke, procedure, chemotherapy or surgery your child will be given a bead to add to their necklace. It will help your child tell their story.


For individuals, couples and siblings, professional counselling services are offered at any time in the child’s cancer journey. Virtual counselling is available to connect when physical meetings are not possible.

End of Treatment Packages

Everyone agrees that ‘End of Treatment’ is an important milestone along the childhood cancer journey and one worth celebrating! With thanks to our program sponsor “Gabriella’s Groupies” Candlelighters sends out these special packages that include a gift and medal, as well as the highly coveted gold End of Treatment bead, specially packaged in a gold box.

Hospital Support

Candlelighters Comfort Packages include small toiletries for unexpected hospital stays – things to make lengthy hospital stays more comfortable for parents staying at the beside.  We also provide bedside cots for parents to sleep on when their child is an in-patient on the oncology unit.

Member Family Christmas Party

Where families of children with cancer can gather and share experiences in a fun filled festive atmosphere with other who know and understand the challenges of coping with childhood cancer.

Sibling Suport 

Candlelighters recognizes siblings on National Sibling Day with a special mail-out. Special packages are sent by mail especially for siblings, recognizing they are also part of the childhood cancer journey. 

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Suite Seats – Candlelighters at the Canadian Tire Centre

Suite Seats is one of our most beloved programs- a suite at Canadian Tire Centre where our member families are able to experience the thrill and excitement of an Ottawa Senator’s game, or other entertainment events.


Your Donation allows Candlelighters to financially support patients and their families.