Candlelighters of Brevard, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer and their families by offering emotional support and financial assistance.
We are committed to ensuring no one has to face the diagnosis
of childhood cancer alone.
What many people may not understand about childhood cancer is that the devastation reality of the disease goes miles beyond anything physical. In addition to the extreme financial strain of paying for care, Brevard based families must also devote an overwhelming amount of time, travel and money for countless other expenses. From the shock of the diagnosis to the painful side-effects of treatment, the ongoing heartbreak and emotional impact felt by the entire family is hard to imagine.While nobody can see the diagnosis coming, we can make sure that Brevard patients and families have the support and resources they need to fight back. From economic assistance to emotional encouragement, join Candlelighters of Brevard in helping families survive the extreme physical, psychological and practical hardships of this disease.
- Because there are no pediatric oncologists in Brevard, 100% of our families must travel out of the county in order to seek medical care.
- These families also drive approximately 229,623 miles to their treatment centers.
- In 2016 these families spent 947 days at clinic visits, 608 days in-patient and over 175 days were spent at the Ronald McDonald House.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
In celebration of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Candlelighters is raising awareness and funds for our 70+ active children battling pediatric cancer by auctioning a “MAGIC” concert experience.
Click on Bruno Mars to participate in our auction. Thank you for supporting Candlelighters of Brevard and National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! Happy Bidding!
***LADIES NIGHT OUT EVENT UPDATE***
The aftermath of Hurricane Irma – from damages to power outages – has impacted our entire community and state. We hope our Candlelighter family and friends are starting to feel some relief as we recover.
Due to the hardships our community is still facing, we have decided to cancel Ladies Night Out for 2017. Also, after much consideration and exploring all options we could not find another venue to host the magnitude of this event before the end of the calendar year. We realize this is a favorite event among our sponsors, supporters, and attendees and we look forward to continuing our tradition in 2018.
Please note that the Candlelighters’ Resale Shop and office are still not up and operating.
We appreciate your support and understanding in the midst of this challenging situation. Candlelighters continues to keep our community in our thoughts and prayers as we recover from Hurricane Irma together.
Candlelighters Board & Staff
Candlelighters of Brevard is honored to be the beneficiary of this Gala Fit for the Creme De La Creme – Masquerade, Martinis & Masterpieces
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Thank You Sponsors!
Thank You Wassi’s Meat Market!!
The 2017 Sunshine State Eggfest hosted by Wassis Meats Market benefiting Candlelighters of Brevard was a HUGE success thanks to the Wassi family, vendors, sponsors, volunteers and attendees! Thousands of people throughout the state participated in this “EGG”cellent food festival raising… DRUM ROLL PLEASE… $5,000 for the children of Candlelighters. The Wassi family has become part of the Candlelighter family over the past two years – from selecting us as the beneficiary of this statewide event, to catering our events and donating large scale in-kind donation items year round – this family truly gives generously to the mission of Candlelighters.
Compliments to the cooks – Salute to Wassi’s Meat Market!
2017 Wells Fargo Community Connection Grant Program honors Candlelighters of Brevard with a $1,000 Grant
Candlelighters is a proud recipient of Wells Fargo’s 2017 $1,000 Community Connection Grant Program. Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations working to strengthen our communities. They believe grant-making decisions are more effective when made locally. That’s why they are actively involved in the communities where they do business, and why their team members are leaders in helping our communities succeed financially. Not only does Wells Fargo support Candlelighters through their grant program but their team also volunteers through out the year at our events and fundraisers! Thank you Wells Fargo for being a great community leader and supporting Candlelighters’ mission. “Because kids can’t fight cancer alone.”
Congratulations to the other non-profit honorees who also make our comminity a better place and are recipients of the Community Connection Grant Program. 3 Angels Ball For All Bayside High School Brevard C.A.R.E.S. Brevard Hispanic Center Croton Elementary School Promise in Brevard Spring Forward for Autism The Children’s Hunger Project The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project
Imperial Dance Corp’s – Kids Helping Kids Through Dance
Thank you to Imperial Dance Corps of Dussich Dance Studio for hosting your 19th Annual Sharing Through Dance 2017 Benefit Show “A Tangled Tale” and raising over $4,800 for Candlelighters of Brevard! We are truly humbled by your caring hearts and generosity.
The IDC family worked very hard to make the show come to life! And come to life it did! All of the hard work the dancers, parents, choreographers, directors and volunteers was so evident as they put on a delightful show!
Thank you for showing our families they are not alone in their fight against pediatric cancer.
The Town of Indialantic Shows Neighborly Love for Candlelighters
Candlelighters of Brevard would like to express our sincerest appreciation for the personal donations and support of our organization presented by the Mayor, Council Members, and citizens of Indialantic. We are grateful and inspired by the servant leadership, civic-minded thoughtfulness and spirit of community giving demonstrated by Mayor Dave Berkman, Deputy Mayor Stu Glass, Councilman Randy Greer, Councilman Dick Dunn and additional town residents.
At the March Council Meeting, Candlelighters was awarded an $800 donation – with most of the participating council members personally donating $200 each. The citizens of Indialantic need also to be recognized for their genuine desire to help support our organization through added financial donations, shopping at our resale shop, taking agency tours and volunteering. To date, $1000 has been donated with additional donation commitments still coming in.
Moving our operations to Indialantic was one of the best investments into our organization we could have made. Now the continued investment into our families battling pediatric cancer by our home town is humbling and very much appreciated. Thanks to our nurturing neighbors our children and families can call this new Candlelighter location “HOME” base.
A Huge Thank You to Indiafest Brevard County for Benefiting Candlelighters of Brevard!
Thank you to Indiafest for raising over $15,000 for Candlelighters of Brevard!
Below are the winning ticket details of Indiafest’s “7 day Caribbean Cruise for Two” raffle
Thank you for supporting our 15th Anniversary Have-A-Heart Valentines Extravaganza!
With your help we raised over $221,000! We are so humbled by the overwhelming generosity of our community.
Congratulations to Cassie Quinn for Winning the Beautiful 2017 Hyundai Tucson!
Thank You Indian River Furniture! Read more here
Where do we begin in thanking Indian River Furniture for their generous support of Candlelighters? Indian River Furniture proudly sponsored Candlelighters of Brevard to be part of Florida Today’s Giving Back Charitable Guide. The giving guide, published in December, spotlights some of Brevard’s most noble non-profit organizations. This amazing exposure opportunity would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Indian River Furniture. If that were not enough, their employee base rallied together to raise $750 towards our programs and services specifically assisting Brevard based children in their battle against childhood cancer… Read more here
Candlelighters of Brevard is thrilled to be part of Florida Today’s Giving Back Charitable Guide. The giving guide spotlights some of Brevard’s most noble non-profit organizations. Please check out COB on pages 14 & 15 for more information on our families services, events, Volunteer Guild and more. Special thanks to Indian River Furniture for sponsoring Candlelighters.
Thank you to all 2016 Crystal’s Day Sponsors
Candlelighters in the News!
Candlelighters of Brevard’s Resale Shop wins best used furniture store in Indialantic under the category of “Places to Shop”. READ MORE HERE
Childhood Cancer Awareness
September marks National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. At Candlelighters of Brevard, we take this opportunity to more deeply reflect with our community on the realities of childhood cancer. For over 27 years, Candlelighters has seen first-hand the devastation that the diagnosis of childhood cancer brings on to the entire family unit. However, we have also witnessed how the community can make a tremendous difference in the lives of these same families through education, advocacy, financial assistance and emotional support. All month long on COB’s Facebook we share information, facts, stories and much more. To all of our COB families past and present throughout Brevard County, we honor each of you. Together as a community, if we reach out for their little hands we may just be able to touch their big hearts.
Ladies Night Out Event Highlights! Click HERE to see ALL Ladies Night Out “80’s Night” event photos & sponsors!