Childhood cancer places a heavy financial burden on families. In many cases, one parent must reduce work hours or even give up employment completely to care for a critically ill child. At the same time, the family’s expenses skyrocket due to medical and pharmacy co-pays; costs for travel, parking and meals at hospitals; and increased daycare costs for siblings. To help meet these needs, DC Candlelighters offers financial assistance to families of children in treatment for cancer.
In keeping with our mission, DC Candlelighters provides financial assistance to families facing the challenges of childhood cancer. Application available below, in DOWNLOADS section.
Support is provided to families to cover expenses including:
The Rachel Crossett Memorial Scholarship
The Rachel Crossett Memorial Scholarship is presented to a survivor of childhood cancer pursuing post-secondary education (college or trade school). The Crossett family established the scholarship in honor of their beautiful, vibrant daughter whose life was cut short by neuroblastoma in 2001, at only 6 years old.
The second youngest of six children, Rachel was a girly girl who always knew what she wanted – and one of the things she wanted was an end to childhood cancer. In 2000, Rachel spoke before Congress with her mother, Meg, at the first Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on Capitol Hill. Rachel was also the inspiration for the National Gold Ribbon Awareness Tree.
Funded by a grant from Teardrops to Rainbows, the Rachel Crossett Memorial Scholarship honors the spirit and determination of a young girl who touched the lives of all who knew her, and recognizes that for some survivors of childhood cancer, the battle never really ends. Please contact us directly for more information.
DC Candlelighters proudly offers $1000 scholarships to childhood cancer survivors (aged 17 to 30), to help with the costs of college, technical, or vocational school. Application available below, in DOWNLOADS section.