About Us

DC Candlelighters is a local affiliate of the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

What is a Candlelighter?

When you stand in the middle of sadness and sorrow, with only one candle lit, it is hard to see the light, and the candle easily goes out. But with many candles lit, standing together, one cannot help but see the light and feel the warmth of love. It is because of the brightness and hope of our shared light, that we call ourselves Candlelighters.

- from The American Childhood Cancer Organization

Mission

To provide emotional, educational, practical and financial support to families of children fighting cancer. We provide a light in the darkness, because no family should face the uncertain world of childhood cancer alone. 

Our History

DC Candlelighters is a local affiliate of the American Childhood Cancer Organization. The ACCO has more than 50,000 members and 40 affiliate groups across the county.  DC Candlelighters began in 1970 by 25 parents who met in the halls of Children’s National Medical Center to offer each other support during their child’s cancer treatment. 

Our all-volunteer Board of Directors consists of parents experienced with childhood cancer. Our children are warriors, survivors and angels. The Board works in collaboration with other pediatric non-profits and clinical professionals to best serve the needs of those in our care.

Your Generous Contribution Will Make A Difference.

We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supported by the private donations of foundations, corporations, small businesses, individuals and our activities. Follow the link below to learn how you can help. 

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