ACCO Affiliates and Local Groups

 American Childhood Cancer Organization and Candlelighters groups can be found across the country. These groups operate independently, and while we strive to provide up-to-date contact information, we cannot guarantee that any contact information on this page is the most current. If you are unable to reach one of the groups on this page, please contact us at staff@acco.org 

 

Arizona

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer
Foundation of Southern Arizona
PO Box 42436
Tucson, AZ 85733-2436
Contact: Beverley Tidwell
(520) 777-4911
email: info@candlelightersaz.org
www.candlelightersaz.org

Programs and services include Candlelighters publications, summer camp, support group meetings, chapter newsletter, teen programs, financial assistance, in-hospital visits, family activities.

Arkansas

American Childhood Cancer Organization of Arkansas
PO Box 3854
Little Rock, AR 72203-3854
(501) 376-4567 ext 25
email: info@arkansas.acco.org
www.acco.org/arkansas

Programs and services include new diagnosis care bags, Candlelighters publications, in-hospital visits, family events, resource network, holiday Adopt-a-Family, toy-drive for clinic.

California

kidsSTRONG of Northern California
PO Box 3593
Los Altos, CA 94024
Contact: Christine Falsetti, President
(408) 219-7522
Email: info@kidsSTRONG.org
www.kidsSTRONG.org 

Programs and services include phone contact for newly diagnosed families, parent networking, support groups, emergency financial assistance, in-hospital visits, resource network, holiday Adopt-a-Family, toy drives.

Colorado

Candlelighters of Southern Colorado
P.O. Box 17621
Colorado Springs, CO 80935-7621
Contact: Marlene Pacheco, President
(719) 216-8638
Fax: (719) 475-2828

Programs and services include Candlelighters Publications, financial assistance, affiliate newsletter, in-hospital visits, family activities.

Florida

B.A.S.E. Camp Childhood Cancer Foundation
650 N. Wymore Rd #103
Winter Park FL 32789
Contact: Terri Jones
(407)673-5060
Fax: (407) 673-5095
email: email@basecamp.org
www.basecamp.org

Programs and services include overnight camps, prom, Christmas in July, Christmas party, food baskets, hospital lunch, milestones, dinner and a movie

Candlelighters of Brevard Inc.
1875-A South Patrick Drive
Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
Contact: Carrie Wam, Executive Director
(321) 728-5600
Fax: (321) 773-2477
email: cwam@candlelightersofbrevard.org
www.candlelightersofbrevard.org

Programs and services include direct financial support for travel expenses, emergency funds, housing assistance for Ronald McDonald House or similar facility, professional counseling services, prescription drug program, family outings and more.

Connor Moran Children's Cancer Foundation

One Main Street, Ste 205
Jupiter, FL 33469
Phone: 561.741.1144
Cell: 561.310.0155
Fax: 561.741.1117
email: connormoran@aol.com
www.connormoran.org

Programs and services include: support groups, financial assistance, in-hospital visits, family activities, a chapter newsletter, case management and academic tutoring - including bilingual. Also, this group offers The Connor Moran Wellness Center, a free standing facility that encompasses physical exercise and classes of wellness, as well as emotional support. 

Candlelighters of Southwest Florida Inc.
9981 S. HealthPark Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Contact: Klair M. Snellbaker
(239) 432-2223
Fax: (239) 432-1032
email: Klair@candlelightersSWFL.org
www.candlelightersSWFL.org

Programs and services include parent networking, in-hospital visits, family activities, newsletter, and support groups.

Georgia

CURE Childhood Cancer
1835 Savoy Drive, Suite 317
Atlanta, GA 30341-1000
Contact: Kristin Connor, Executive Director
(770) 986-0035
Fax: (770) 986-0038
email: info@curechildhoodcancer.org
www.curechildhoodcancer.org

Programs and services include new diagnosis travel totes, Candlelighters publications, continuing education programs for caregivers, monthly support group meetings, affiliate newsletter, portrait photography service to diagnosed children, family events, research.

Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer of South Georgia
3840 Brookfield Drive
Valdosta, GA 31605
Contact: Barbara Childs, President
(229) 834-0987
Fax: (229) 247-7603
email: bchildsrn@bellsouth.net

Programs and services include Candlelighters publications, support group meetings, financial assistance, newsletter, teen programs, in-hospital visits, family activities.

Coastal Empire Candlelighters
103 Summer Winds Drive
Savannah, GA 31410
Contact: Sue Reese, President
Ph: 912-308-6755
email: bmwater@msn.com

Programs and services include Candlelighters publications, and parent support programs.

Indiana

Kids Surviving Cancer
6316 Mutual Drive
Fort Wayne IN 46825
Contact: Tina Roy
(260) 484-9560
Fax: (260) 484-9572
email: troy@cancer-services.org
www.cancer-services.org

Kids Surviving Cancer is a program of Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana (CSNI). CSNI is a non-profit which serves people of all ages with cancer and their families in the Indiana counties of: Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley. A Children’s Advocate provides emotional support, information and referral services, transportation reimbursement, medical equipment & supplies, financial assistance and various family activities for peer support.

Louisiana

Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge
550 Lobdell Ave.
Baton Rouge LA 70808
Contact: Esther Sachse
(225) 927-2273
Fax: (225) 927-1468
email: esachse@cancerservices.org

Programs and services include monthly activities, candlelighter grant, mentors, camp, mom's night out, holiday party

Maryland

Candlelighters of DC Metro Area
P.O. Box 2324
Centreville, VA 20122
Contact : Lisa Tignor
(703) 590-4134
email: dccandlelighters@gmail.com
www.dccandlelighters.org

This group serves families in Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and District of Columbia that are within 50 miles of Children's National Medical Center, Georgetown University Hospital, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. Programs and services include Candlelighters' publications, support group meetings, in-hospital visits, new patient care bags, caregiver teas, educational seminars, financial assistance, gas cards.

Michigan

Candlelighters of Michigan
55527 Parkview
Shelby Twp, MI 48316
Contact: Rhonda Diliberti, President
(586) 484-9500
email: diliberti@comcast.net

Programs and services include new diagnosis program, parent-to-parent networking, family activities, scrap-booking.

Mississippi

University of Mississippi Medical Center Candlelighters
(UMC Candlelighters)
P.O. Box 55611
Jackson, MS 39296-5611
Contact: Debbie Ely, President
(601)605-5018
Fax: (601) 605-601860
email: president@umccandlelighters.org
www.umccandlelighters.org

Programs and services include financial assistance, in-hospital visits, family events, social workers conference, funding, toys for clinic, scholarships, RMD House support.

Missouri

Candlelighters of the University of Missouri-Columbia
2735 CR 2410
Armstrong. MO 65230
Contact: Dorinda Dameron
(660) 273-2440
email: dorindad@macc.edu

This organization helps to pay for meals for a family while the child is in the hospital, to provide gas money for the families traveling to and from the University of Missouri-Columbia hospital, to cover the purchase of wigs, to help cover the cost of medications that insurance won't cover, and to help with the cost of a child to attend camp in the summer. This organization pays rent to the Ronald McDonald House so that a room will always be ready for a Candlelighter child.

Nebraska

Candlelighters of Omaha
Children's Hospital, Hematology Oncology Clinic
8200 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68114
Contact: June McAtee LCSW 
(402) 955-3951
Fax: (402) 955-3972
email: jmcatee@childrensomaha.org
email: chogan@chsomaha.org

Programs and services include Candlelighters publications and support group meetings

Nevada

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
8990 Spanish Ridge Ave.
Suite 100
Las Vegas, Nevada 89148
Contact: Melissa Cipriano, Executive Director
Phone: 702-737-1919
Cell: 702-326-7548
email: mcipriano@candlelightersnv.org
www.candlelightersnv.org

Programs and services include patient advocacy, emergency assistance, travel for treatment, family counseling, survivor scholarships, meal tickets, hospital visits, camp programs, toy boxes for the out-patient clinics, parties and special events, financial aid guidance, family and individual counseling, and more.

New Jersey

Candlelighters of Newark
668 S. Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202-2602
Contact: Eleanor Pribish, President
(908) 354-1384 (H)
email: panip313@gmail.com

Programs and services include phone contact only to newly diagnosed families.

New Hampshire

Childhood Cancer Lifeline of New Hampshire
P.O. Box 395
Hillsboro NH 03244
Contact: Sylvia Pelletier, President
(603) 645-1489
email: info@childhoodcancerlifeline.org

Programs and services include financial assistance (gas, phone cards, grocery store certificates, hospital meal vouchers, emergency and bereavement funding), diagnosis packet to each family (books, quilt for child, newsletters, resource information - both local to NH and the Nat'l Candlelighters office), family camps, family outings, teens living with cancer outing, an outing for siblings, an outing for families who have lost a child to cancer.

New York

Candlelighters, NYC 
345 East 73rd St., Apt. 2L
New York, NY 10021
Contact : Barbara Zobian, President
Phone: (917) 886-4573
Email: Barbara@candlelightersnyc.org
Website: http://www.candlelightersnyc.org

 

Programs and services include support group meetings, Candlelighters publications, in-hospital visits, family activities.

CURE Childhood Cancer Association
200 Westfall Road
Rochester NY 14620
Contact: Brian Wirth (585) 473-0180
Fax: (585) 473-0201
email: brian.wirth@CUREkidscancer.com
www.curekidscancer.com

Programs and services include: CURE’s Family Handbook, free parking for families while visiting the hospital for both in patient and clinic visits, in-hospital parent advocate, educational services and support for children, family support groups, new diagnosis comfort bags, emergency financial assistance and Candlelighters publications.

CNY Association for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders
(also known as Parents Reach Out Program - PROP)
8517 Woodbox Road
Manlius, NY 13104
Contact: Joanne Ondrako, President (315) 682-2736
Fax: (315) 682-1581
email: joanneo@twcny.rr.com
email: lpennell@twcny.rr.com

Oregon and Southwest Washington

Candlelighters for Children with Cancer
PO Box 2277
Portland, Oregon 97208
Contact: Janet Sams, Executive Director
(503) 939-1770
email: candlelightersed@gmail.com
www.4kidswithcancer.org

Programs and services includes Candlelighters publications, family advocacy (school IEP, insurance information), support groups, family events.

Pennsylvania

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Network
814 Wainwright Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15228
Contact: Terry Beck, President (412) 344-6650
Fax: (412) 344-6651
email: tmbeck2@verizon.net
www.geocities.com/cccnwpa

Programs and services include Candlelighters publications, support group meetings, financial assistance, chapter newsletter, in-hospital visits, family activities.

Tennessee

Candlelighters Family Support Group
1305 Darlene Circle
Chattanooga TN 37412
Contact: Jane Kaylor, President (423) 778-4331
Fax: (423) 778-4350
email: jane.kaylor@rmhchattanooga.com
email: WLTKCAND@bellsouth.net

Programs and services include Candlelighters publications, support group meetings, financial assistance, chapter newsletter, in-hospital visits, and family activities.

Candlelighters of Middle Tennessee
55 Wyn Oak
Nashville, TN 37205
Contact: Jennifer Louis
(615) 383-2023 Fax: (615) 383-2023
email: Jlouis5678@aol.com

Programs and services include Candlelighters publications, resource network, educational workshops, advocacy

Texas

Any Baby Can Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Program
1121 East 7th
Austin, TX 78702
Contact: Holly Gursslin, Director of Family Health Programs
(512) 334-4458 Fax: (512) 477-9205
email: hollyg@anybabycan.org
www.anybabycan.org

Programs and services include comprehensive case management, counseling and crisis intervention, emotional support group meetings, school advocacy, family events.

Candlelighters of El Paso
1900 N. Oregon, Ste. 402
El Paso, TX 79902
Contact: Scott Lynch, Executive Director
(915) 544-2222 Fax: (915) 544-6313
email: scottcan@elp.rr.com
www.candlelighterselp.org

Programs and services include financial assistance, counseling, summer camps, family activities, diagnosis bag, transportation, scholarships, hospital meal vouchers.

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Greater Fort Worth
P.O. Box 1127
Bedford, TX 76095
Contact: Terry and Tess Smith
(817) 283-0800
email: TessSmith@sbcglobal.net
www.candlelightersfw.org

Programs and services include financial assistance, support group meetings, family activities, holiday Adopt-a-family. 

Utah

American Childhood Cancer Organization - Utah
1431 Heather Downs Dr.
South Jordan, UT 84095
Contact: Krystal Hansen - Chair
Phone: 801-545-0131 or 801-879-0616 

 

 
Serves all regions of Utah.
Programs and services include: New patient diagnosis bags, supplemental cafeteria meal cards, parent to parent support groups, gas vouchers, Christmas Adopt-a-family program, holiday party, family reunion picnic, memorial ceremony, and emergency financial assistance.
 

Virginia 

Candlelighters of DC Metro Area
P.O. Box 2324
Centreville, VA 20122
Contact : Lisa Tignor
(703) 590-4134
email: dccandlelighters@gmail.com
www.dccandlelighters.org

This group serves families in Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and District of Columbia that are within 50 miles of Children's National Medical Center, Georgetown University Hospital, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. Programs and services include Candlelighters' publications, support group meetings, in-hospital visits, new patient care bags, caregiver teas, educational seminars, financial assistance, gas cards.

 

Washington

American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest 
P.O. Box 8031
Spokane, WA 99203
Contact: Mary Anne Ruddis 
Phone: (509) 474-2759 or (509) 443-4162
Fax: (509) 474-2756
email: mruddis@accoinlandnw.org
 
Serves Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana.
Programs and services include: Hero Beads Program, new patient Comfort Kits, Toy "poke" box in clinic and in-patient area, snack baskets in clinic and office, supplemental cafeteria meal cards, out-patient clinic parking validation, special clinic and in-patient treat bags for holidays, parent-to-parent support groups, sibling and teen group events, monthly in-hospital support lunch, informal grief support group, parent's night out, birthday club for patients and siblings under 18, local restaurant coupons, movie cards, annual summer and holiday parties, quarterly newsletter, gas vouchers, grocery cards, grocery funds, educational assistance for higher education.

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Western Washington
P.O. Box 3966
Bellevue, WA 98009-3966
Contact: Janna Hendrickson, President 
(206) 624-9989 
email: info@candlelighterswa.org
www.candlelighterswa.org

Programs and services include diagnosis care bags, emergency financial support, family activities, Candlelighters publications, Holiday Adopt-a-family, gas cards, grocery cards, support group and clinic visits.

Washington D.C.

Candlelighters of DC Metro Area
P.O. Box 2324
Centreville, VA 20122
Contact : Lisa Tignor
(703) 590-4134
email: dccandlelighters@gmail.com
www.dccandlelighters.org

This group serves families in Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and District of Columbia that are within 50 miles of Children's National Medical Center, Georgetown University Hospital, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. Programs and services include Candlelighters' publications, support group meetings, in-hospital visits, new patient care bags, caregiver teas, educational seminars, financial assistance, gas cards.

Wisconsin

Badger Childhood Cancer Network 
PO Box 5624
517 N. Segoe Rd.
Madison WI 53705
Contact: Anne Spurgeon, Executive Director
(608) 231-8006
email: anne@capcan.org
www.capcan.org

Programs and services include new diagnosis care bags, hero bead program, Candlelighters books, family activities, support group meetings, Ashley's Med box, Pre-paid gas cards and phone cards.

Families of Children With Cancer, Inc.
1202 Ridgeway Blvd.
De Pere, WI 54115
Contact: Kathy Toonen (920) 337-0782
Fax: (920) 337-9914
email:kathy@focwc.org
www.focwc.org

Programs and services include financial assistance (gas cards, gift cards, food vouchers), in-hospital visits, family diagnosis pack, hospital toys, newsletter, family activities, resource library.


Wyoming

Cheyenne Candlelighters
948 Western Hills Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Contact: Alice Hild Farris, President
Phone: 307-632-6258
email: FarrisFive@bresnan.net

Programs and services include Candlelighters publications and family support.