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 360,004 miles to their treatment centers.
- In 2015 these families spent 1,103 days at clinic visits, 1,004 days in-patient and over 200 days were spent at the Ronald McDonald House.
India Fest Brevard County – Benefiting Candlelighters of Brevard
15th Anniversary Have-A-Heart Valentines Extravaganza
February 11, 2017
Congratulations to Cassie Quinn for Winning the Beautiful 2017 Hyundai Tucson!
Candlelighters of Brevard is sincerely grateful for the overwhelming support shown for our 15th Anniversary Have-A-Heart Valentine’s Extravaganza. We are humbled by the continued support and ongoing commitment from our event sponsors, guests, volunteers and families.
As a result of the generosity, over $221,000 was raised through this year’s Have-A-Heart event. These funds will help provide financial support to our local families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer. Thank you all for the love shown for our children in their fight against pediatric cancer.
BIG congratulations goes out to Cassie Quinn for winning the 2017 Have-A-Heart Car Give-Away! She is the proud winner of a stunning 2017 Hyundai Tucson – courtesy of Brevard County Hyundai Dealers! Huge appreciation is given to the Nelson family for their generous support of the car give-away initiative for the past 15 years!
From our hearts to yours – thank you for your support of our 15th Anniversary Have-A-Heart Valentine’s Extravaganza!
(Photos and more post event details and recognition to come)
Rotary Club of Melbourne Beach – “Service Above Self”
On October 1, the Rotary Club of Melbourne Beach hosted a golf tournament to raise funds and awareness for Candlelighters of Brevard. The golf tournament was a huge success thanks to the club members and participants of the event. In late November, Candlelighters’ Executive Director, Natasha Duran, was humbled to attend their morning meeting where a check was presented in the amount of $2500 to benefit the children of Candlelighters. The “DRIVE” each club member has to serve our local community was inspiring. “Service Above Self” appeared to be more than a rotary tagline – it their life’s purpose!
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
Butterfly Sponsor – $1,000
- Art & Lorie Evans
- Da Kine Diego’s Insane Burritos
- Global Marketing Research Services, Inc (Tony Diana)
- Steven G. Casanova, Esq.
Dragonfly Sponsor – $500
- Anonymous donor
- Andrew Kirschner – Jackson/Kirschner Architects
- Bill & Stephanie Brown
- Craig Technologies, Inc.
- Daniel Crites
- David, Jackie, Jake, Samantha & Zachary Drake
- Greg Kirschner – Curri / Kirschner Real Estate Group
- Kris & Tracey Latshaw
- Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
- Malek Family
- Mike & Janice Spragins
- Rocketman Pools (Kerry & Geoff Thornton)
- Ross & Cathy Whitley
Ladybug Sponsor – $250
- Atlantic Environmental Solutions, Inc
- Attention To Details – Nanette & Robin
- Buchanan Family
- Brevard Insurance & Marketing Inc.
- Bud & Kim Deffebach
- Daytona Hyundai
- Florida Eye Associates
- Kane Construction Management Inc.
- Kraver Family
- Kurtis Hollowood Rental
- Michael Moss, PA
- Montessori Group Schools
- William Kabboord
- Fish Window Cleaning
Signature In-kind Sponsors- In-kind donations valued at over $1000+
- Cabana Shores Tiki Bar & Grill
- Cox Farms
- Doubles Beachside – Event Food Sponsor
- The Produce Place
Andretti Thrill Park; Brevard County Sheriff’s Department; Candlelighters Volunteer Guild; Chilly Willy Ice Cream & Sno-Balls; DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Melbourne Beach Oceanfront; Florida Dermatology Center for Skin Cancer & Aesthetic Dermatology; Kabboord Volunteers of family & friends; Sanger Family of Wines; Silhouette Hair Design, Inc., Sorelli Hair Studio & Spa; Standout Printing, Starbucks A1A & Pine Tree; The QuaterBones Band; The Abandoned Satellites Band; Modern Mint Studios – Keanna De La Cruz; Udder Delite; Wagon Wheel Pizza & Restaurant
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 marked National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. At Candlelighters of Brevard, we took that opportunity to more deeply reflect with our community on the realities of childhood cancer. For over 26 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 shared 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.
THANK YOU HARBOR CITY HOOLIGANS!We would like to thank Harbor City Hooligans for hosting a fundraiser – donating 100% of their funds raised to Candlelighters of Brevard. August 2016 Harbor City Hooligans held a fundraising event at Intracoastal Brewing Company to benefit Candlelighters of Brevard. They donated 100% of the funds raised through their raffles as well as an additional donation from the organization giving a total donation to Candlelighters of Brevard of $895!!! This is truly awesome! We are honored to have been chosen as their donation benefactor. Without community-minded groups such as Harbor City Hooligans and all of the people that supported them, we couldn’t continue to offer the programs and services we do to help families in Brevard County who have children diagnosed with cancer. Their donation dollars go back directly to families right here in Brevard. Not to find a cure, not to go towards other funding, but to directly help Brevard County families. Thank You Harbor City Hooligans!! YOU ALL ROCK!!!
Ladies Night Out Event Highlights! Click HERE to see ALL Ladies Night Out “80’s Night” event photos & sponsors!