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 for member families:

Birthday Greetings

Your child’s special day is celebrated and acknowledged by Candlelighters.

Candlelighters Courage Beads

Your child’s 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, this counselling is offered at any time in your child’s cancer journey. It is most often used in bereavement.

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

Open to Candlelighters members this holiday gathering creates a festive atmosphere amongst other families who understand what you are going through.

Sibling Suport 

The monthly Smiling Siblings Fun Day are a way for siblings to get together with other siblings of childhood cancer patients for a day of  fun and play. Special packages are also sent by mail especially for siblings, recognizing they are part of the childhood cancer journey also. And Candlelighters recognizes siblings on National Sibling Day with a special mail-out.

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.

YSI – Youth Survivor Initiative

YSI is a program for Candlelighters members aged 13-18 who have been off treatment for a minimum of 1 year. The purpose of the group is to provide teen survivors with an opportunity to connect in a social setting. The YSI Program runs September to June with a variety of events planned throughout the year.


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