• Kathleen Barr

Go Gold! It's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Happy childhood cancer awareness month everyone!

September is a time to raise awareness as well as recognize all the children and their families who are battling cancer and highlight the importance of research.

When my sister was 11 years old she was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. I saw my active, energetic and outgoing big sister lose her strength and her smile. No child deserves to go through this alone. Luckily there are some incredible organizations that help support children going through the biggest battle of their young lives. Candlelighters is a childhood cancer support organization that offers strength and support to young cancer patients and their families. When my sister was sick, Candlelighters went above and beyond for her and my family. Candlelighters assist children with cancer from diagnosis and beyond. Below I have listed some of the incredible resources Candlelighters offers to cancer patients and their families.

Financial Support

Having a critically ill child can be a tremendous financial burden. Candlelighters offers financial support for families with a sick child.

  • Candlelighters provide support to eligible members to assist their pursuit of a post-secondary education.

  • Candlelighters provide gas gift cards to help out with frequent hospital trips and travel when your child is newly diagnosed with cancer.

  • Candlelighters covers 100% of out of pocket parking costs associated with accessing childhood cancer care – chemotherapy, radiation, tests, physiotherapy, clinic appointments, etc. in Ottawa or when travelling out of the region.

  • Candlelighters provides financial assistance when other funds are not available in a crisis situation.

Family Support

When a child is diagnosed with cancer it can be extremely devastating and difficult for the family. Support is crucial for not just the young patient but for parents and siblings as well. Candlelighters offer a number of support programs so families know they aren’t alone on the journey. When my sister was sick Candlelighters provided us with fun excursions that the whole family could go to together and enjoy. They gave us hockey games and concert tickets that gave us something to look forward to. Candlelighters work tirelessly to bring some fun into the lives of children battling cancer. This is extremely important for the child's well being during their battle.

Candlelighters coordinates the following support services:

  • Birthday Greetings

  • Candlelighters Courage Beads

  • Counselling

  • End of Treatment Packages

  • Hospital Support

  • Housekeeping Programs

  • Family Christmas Party

  • Sibling Support

  • Suite Seats – Candlelighters at the Canadian Tire Centre

Education Support

Candlelighters support the academic endeavours of young cancer patients and provide parents and caregivers the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of childhood cancer and learn valuable coping mechanisms for the childhood cancer journey. When my sister was sick she had to miss a lot of school. Candlelighters provided her with an Ipad and a laptop to make doing work from home easier on her. There are countless other resources available for young children navigating their cancer diagnosis and school at the same time.

Survivor Support

Something really incredible about Candlelighters is that they don’t just support children during their battle, but they also support them and their families after they beat cancer too. They offer continued education support and counselling.

Children can’t fight cancer alone. Candlelighters have a vision to ensure that 100% of children and teens diagnosed with cancer get the support they need. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children, and their families, coping with childhood cancer and to promote awareness and understanding of the impact of childhood cancer on their lives. They are an absolutely incredible organization and if you’re looking for a way to support, this is a great place to start.

If you want to help make a difference in the life of a child battling cancer, click the link below to donate.


Thanks everyone and Go Gold this September


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