Candlelighters Fun Walk-2022

Walking Alongside Childhood Cancer Families Every Step of the Way!

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Join us for the 2022 Fun Walk benefiting Candlelighters. Candlelighters serves children with cancer and their families receiving treatment in the Texas Medical Center. All of our services and programs are FREE to these families. Funds raised from the Fun Walk help with all of Candlelighters programs and services proivded daily for childhood cancer families; including: hospital parking assistance, emotional support from families who have survived childhood cancer, meal passes, groceries, gas cards, and more! These programs and services are provided to any and all families with a child who has received a cancer diagnosis. As cancer affects the entire family, all our programs and services include the entire family - because one day, cancer will be gone, but our families will be here forever.

Walk with us on Saturday, September 10, 2022!

WHERE: Terry Hershey Park
[15200 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77079 at Memorial Drive and South Mayde Creek Drive]

WHEN: Check-In/Event Day Registration open at 8 AM | Walk Start at 9 AM

WHO: Open to the Public! Anyone who wants to support Houston's Childhood Cancer Community

WHAT: Walk/Run, Kids Activities, DJ, Food Tent, Raffle and more!

If you're unable to be with us at Terry Hershey Park, walk when and where you can, and know that each step you take, you are walking alongside childhood cancer families.

This year, we are challenging you to take 4,491 steps on Walk Day (about 2 miles) - each step represents a Candlelighters family - a family who Candlelighters has provided support for during and after their child's cancer treatment; support for the child with cancer, the parents, and the siblings!


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  • Walk Map
  • 3 Mile Walk - 4,491 Steps! (Walkers & Runners Welcome)
  • Wheelchair, Stroller, and Wagon Friendly
  • Please No Dogs
  • Will Walk Rain or Shine!




Get your family, friends and company involved! Here are the ways YOU can participate:

1. Candlelighters Family Team (family walking in honor of their child who has/had cancer)

2. Community Team (family or group other than one directly affected by childhood cancer walking in support of Candlelighters mission)

3. Corporate Team (office, company or large corporation walking together for Candlelighters mission)

4. Individual Walker (not on a team but still want to help fundraise)


TEAM CAPTAINS - when you start your team, we encourage you to recruit at least 10 friends or family members to register and walk with your team! Each walker who raises $100 or more will receive a free Walk T-Shirt on the day of the walk! Remember, the more friends and family members you recruit, the more team members you have fundraising! Don't forget to set a goal for your team!

With questions about Sponsoring or Volunteering at our Fun Walk please contact Lynn Wheeler at

With questions about registering online, starting a Walk Team and/or any fundraising ideas please contact Kelsey Tarpinian at

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

2022 Fun Walk Goal: $250,000

Money Raised: $250,046.62

Progress: 98%
Progress: 98%
Raised: $ 246171     Goal: $ 250000

Days Until Walk:

Top 5 Teams

  1 -  Posey's Parade ($10,225.00)
  2 -  Ellen and Stan O'Neal Team ($9,863.00)
  3 -  Candlelighters YPG Fun Walk Team ($9,484.00)
  4 -  Wheelers Walkers ($7,495.00)
  5 -  Team Weichert ($6,977.11)

Top 5 Individuals

  1 -  Childhood Cancer Hero Joellen Snow ($9,788.00)
  2 -  Childhood Cancer Hero Lynn Wheeler ($7,255.00)
  3 -  Childhood Cancer Hero Jay Beasley ($5,077.00)
  4 -  Childhood Cancer Hero Lauren Dick ($4,132.00)
  5 -  Childhood Cancer Hero Jennifer Wilbur ($3,675.00)

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Top Teams by Division


  1. Team Weichert - $6,977.11
  2. Constellation - $3,800.00
  3. 2022 Houston Relocation Professionals Fun Walk Team - $2,625.00
  4. Team ABC13 - $2,600.00
  5. Ascend Cares Foundation - $2,060.00


  1. Posey's Parade - $10,225.00
  2. Ellen and Stan O'Neal Team - $9,863.00
  3. Pirates of the Cure a Being - $4,320.00
  4. TeamV - $4,120.00
  5. Team Edu - $3,665.00


  1. Candlelighters YPG Fun Walk Team - $9,484.00
  2. Wheelers Walkers - $7,495.00
  3. Nathaniel's Animals - $5,197.00
  4. Jennifer Wilbur's Walkers - $3,675.00
  5. Team Tarpinian - $3,236.00
Top Fundraisers

Candlelighters Family Walker

  1. Childhood Cancer Hero Joellen Snow - $9,788.00
  2. Childhood Cancer Hero Natalie Hightower - $2,820.00
  3. Childhood Cancer Hero Jeanette Do - $2,575.00
  4. Childhood Cancer Hero TIARA Collier - $2,225.00
  5. Childhood Cancer Hero Monica Wonzer - $2,205.00

Community Walker

  1. Childhood Cancer Hero Lynn Wheeler - $7,255.00
  2. Childhood Cancer Hero Jay Beasley - $5,077.00
  3. Childhood Cancer Hero Lauren Dick - $4,132.00
  4. Childhood Cancer Hero Jennifer Wilbur - $3,675.00
  5. Childhood Cancer Hero Kelsey Tarpinian - $3,236.00

Corporate Team Walker

  1. Childhood Cancer Hero Wayne Murray - $1,500.00
  2. Supporting Childhood Cancer Families Scott Work - $860.00
  3. Supporting Childhood Cancer Families Ben Fuentez - $796.00
  4. Supporting Childhood Cancer Families Allana Frischenmeyer - $790.00
  5. Supporting Childhood Cancer Families Wilson Orr - $530.00

Individual Walker

  1. Supporting Childhood Cancer Families Kati-Lyn Tierney - $830.00
  2. Supporting Childhood Cancer Families Jonathan Cunningham - $750.00
  3. Parking Hero Milestone Catrina VanAllen - $470.00
  4. Parking Hero Milestone Abbie Clayton - $200.00
  5. Valerie Cavenaugh - $100.00

Virtual Participant

  1. Supporting Childhood Cancer Families Brittany King - $525.00
  2. Parking Hero Milestone Maureen Kumar - $120.00
  3. Briana Conner - $100.00
  4. Elissa Rivas Stipes - $100.00
  5. Tim Hinson - $100.00
Top Donors

Sugar Land Space Cowboys Jersey Auction

Employee Giving

Smith + Pisklak Orthodontics

Company Wood Mackenzie

Gexa Energy

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