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 2017 these families spent 947 days at clinic visits, 608 days in-patient and over 175 days were spent at the Ronald McDonald House.
Candlelighters is beyond grateful for the support received in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Candlelighters’ Cars and Casino Night at the American Muscle Car Museum. We are humbled by the financial funding and caring commitment provided by our Brevard and Indian River communities.
The generosity shown by our attendees has produced nearly $28,000 in event donations – an $11,000 increase from last year! These funds will help provide financial backing to over 75 local families in Brevard and Indian River counties whose children have been diagnosed with pediatric cancer. The overwhelming kindness shown to our organization will ensure we continue to meet the growing needs of our Candlelighter families.
The growth, development and success of our organization is truly because of the tremendous amount of support our community has donated throughout the years. Our heart of thanks to our sponsors and attendees for the love and compassion shown for our children in their fight against cancer.
TITLE SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: MYERS LAWNS AND THE TREE PROFESSIONALS
Candlelighters of Brevard is proud to announce Ladies Night Out event “Celebrating Legendary Ladies from Infamous to Fabulous” has raised over $45,000 in support of our programs and services. From silent auction and basket raffles, to helping us fill our pledge thermometer – each dollar will help fulfill our mission to help over 75 families in Brevard and Indian River counties. These funds will provide financial support to our local families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer.
We could not provide the multitude of programs and services if it were not for the support of you – our event sponsor. “Because kids can’t fight cancer alone…” is more than just a tagline for Candlelighters of Brevard – it is our mission in serving our courageous children and their families. Thank you for showing your concern and support for these amazing families and not allowing them to feel they are alone in this fight!
TITLE SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: HARRIS CORPORATION
The 2018 Ladies Night Out event presented by Candlelighters was a tremendous success thanks to our Title Sponsor Harris Corporation. Candlelighters has seen first-hand how the employees of Harris Corporation lead with integrity; serve with humility; and care for our community. Harris has been a generous sponsor of our programs, services and growth initiatives, and has served as a major supporter of our other signature events. Brevard County and Candlelighters of Brevard are fortunate to have the patronage of this civic-minded Fortune 500 organization.
Thank You Wassi’s Meat Market!!
The 2018 Sunshine State Eggfest hosted by Wassi’s Meat Market drew thousands of people together at Indian River County Fairgrounds for a weekend of fun and food. This remarkable event raised $13,400 for the children of Candlelighters – an $8,000 increase from last year’s event! The two-day festivity featured the EggChef Meet and Greet presented by the American Muscle Car Museum, as well as the main event cook-off on Saturday, April 28. We are extremely thankful for the efforts of the event organizers, Wassi’s Meat Market, and the support of Melbourne BMW – who generously donated $10,000 as the Signature Sunshine State Eggfest Sponsor.
The Wassi family has become a beloved part of our COB family. The blood, sweat, and tears they invest to make this event a success for Candlelighters is truly inspirational. Community events, like EggFest, are a large factor in our ability to continue raising awareness for our local families battling pediatric cancer and to continue expanding our services to children in Indian River County.
THANK YOU TO OUR HAVE-A-HEART SPONSORS!
Congratulations to Jennifer Escobar-Diaz for Winning the Beautiful 2017 Hyundai Ioniq!
With your help, we raised over $232,000! We are so humbled by the overwhelming generosity of our community.
Happy Holidays from Candlelighters of Brevard
Thank you to the hosts, sponsors, donors and guests of the Masquerade, Martini’s & Masterpieces Gala that was held to benefit Candlelighters of Brevard on Friday, November 3rd.
This entertaining and fun masquerade was truly one of a kind.
We are honored to be the beneficiaries of $7,385 raised through the raffles and auctions during the gala. What a difference this will make for our programs and services in supporting our local families who have a child diagnosed with cancer.
A heart filled Thank You to Chong Grace Han of Red Ginger Melbourne, Selo Alkaranfil of SeloBrate.com, and Joanna Godwin for hosting this one of a kind masquerade and choosing to support Candlelighters of Brevard. We are humbled by your generosity and caring hearts.
We also thank the sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers who made this event possible. “Because kids can’t fight cancer alone” is more than just a tagline at Candlelighters of Brevard. We continue to help 73 active families who currently have a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Thank you for supporting Candlelighters’ of Brevard. Inc!
National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
In celebration of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Candlelighters raised awareness and funds for our 70+ active children battling pediatric cancer by auctioning a “MAGIC” concert experience and Candlelighters Bike.
Thank you to all that participated in our September raffles. Congratulations to Sharon on winning our Candlelighters Bike Raffle and to Deb for winning our online auction for the Bruno Mars concert experience!
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.