Candlelighters Simcoe is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to provide support services to families impacted by childhood cancer in Simcoe County and the surrounding area. Our programs are designed to address the complex emotional, academic, financial, and practical challenges associated with a pediatric cancer diagnosis, easing the burden of children and their families.
Candlelighters Simcoe offers a variety of support services to families impacted by childhood cancer, including a family care package program, monthly support group meetings, and art therapy programs for children.
Families of children with cancer experience an immense financial burden. To offset this, we offer a number of financial assistance programs, including our Christmas program, parking pass program, and emergency relief fund.
Our school support program has been developed to support children with cancer, as well as their, siblings in the classroom.
Candlelighters Simcoe has partnered with a variety of wonderful organizations in the Simcoe County area. Our work would not be possible without the generous support of our community partners and sponsors.
Why we exist
Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in Ontario children; only accidents will kill more children this year. Each year, approximately 400 children are diagnosed with cancer in Ontario. The causes of childhood cancer are largely unknown. The psychological and social impact of childhood cancer can be significant; it may include problems of coping and adjustment, lapsed school achievement, learning deficits, and financial distress.
Candlelighters Simcoe was founded in 1990 by the parent of a childhood cancer patient. We are a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that provides programs and services for pediatric cancer patients residing in Simcoe County and surrounding areas, and to those they depend on for strength and support. Our programs and services are aimed at the needs of the entire family, and deal mainly with alleviating both the emotional and financial stress that families of children with cancer deal with on a daily basis. Our programs are facilitated by parents whose children have been diagnosed with cancer.
Cost of treatment
Over 80% of families' total cost of illness is associated with parents forgoing paid employment in order to provide care.
As a result, one third of families experience housing, energy, or food insecurity within six months of diagnosis.
Overall, more than 80% of paediatric cancer patients will survive their illness.
Over 60% of survivors face ongoing side effects, including neurocognitive impairments, sterility, or secondary cancers.