2020 Candlelighters Fun Walk

Carly's Crew

I’m so excited to be walking for Candlelighters this year! 

As you may know, I am the Program Director with Candlelighters Houston working with families in the area who have been impacted by childhood cancer.  I have the privilege of planning events and overseeing programs that serve not only the child with cancer, but their whole family.

Candlelighters is an organization that provides daily services for childhood cancer families and the Fun Walk raises money for those services and programs, which are all offered FREE of charge. This has changed quite a bit since the COVID-19 pandemic started, but I'm happy to provide real-time results of how Candlelighters has adapted our processes to continue our mission throughout this trying time. 

Here's what Fun Walk donations will be used toward this year:

1. Hospital Parking Assistance - Candlelighters has still been able to provide hospital parking financial assistance to families digitally.  {Families have to pay $13 per day to park at the hospitals.}

2. Emotional Support - families more than ever before are nervous to leave their homes, feeling isolated, being torn apart (thanks to hospital visitor restrictions) and we've been ramping up our peer-to-peer support efforts.  Our weekly support group meetings have grown, and Candlelighters Parent Consultants (staff who are also parents of childhood cancer survivors) are working around the clock to touch base and check-in with our families and their needs.

3. Gas Cards & Grocery Cards - these have been Candlelighters top request throughout the COVID-19 crisis as families more than ever are strapped for basic needs due to furloughs and layoffs. 

4. Memorial Funds - cancer hasn't quit, unfortunately.  Children are still being diagnosed and gaining their angel wings.  Candlelighters provides financial assistance for families to hold memorial services for their children.

In addition to Candlelighters daily efforts, we’re staying on top of the CDC and American Oncology Camping Association message boards to make the best decision for our weekend family camp, Camp CLIFF.  The Fun Walk usually completely funds this weekend getaway for Candlelighters families – a getaway that is MUCH needed from the daily grind of a childhood cancer diagnosis.  Should camp be unable to happen this fall, it is Candlelighters goal to be able to provide a virtual camping experience and activities for families instead of a physical weekend getaway.

Thank you for supporting my efforts to help keep Candlelighters afloat so we can continue to serve childhood cancer families.   Whatever you can give, thank you for helping all the children with cancer and their families that Candlelighters serves!

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