National Office

Monday, February 02, 2004

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation® (CCCF) National Office is a
national non-profit membership organization whose mission is to
educate, support, serve, and advocate for families of children with cancer,
survivors of childhood cancer, and the professionals who care for them.

Who We Are

The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation National Office was founded in 1970 by concerned parents of children with cancer. Today our membership of over 43,000 includes:

  • Parents of children who are being treated or have been treated for cancer
  • Children with cancer
  • Survivors of childhood cancer
  • Immediate or extended family members
  • Bereaved families
  • Health care professionals
  • Educators
  • Local Groups

Dear Dr. Piazza,

On behalf of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation and the littlest cancer patient in this country, I sincerely thank you for your recent donation. Each year, approximately 13,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. In spite of an increase in survivorship as a result of improved treatments, childhood cancer remains the number one disease killer of our nation’s children. The needs are great and your donation assists us with our mission to help reduce the impact of this disease on our nation’s littlest cancer patients.

Candlelighters National Office is the informational clearinghouse for childhood cancer resources in this country. In addition to distributing more than 11,600 of our own publications annually, we respond to over 14,000 personal requests for information. Through our toll free phone number and email services, we assist families as they navigate through the diagnosis and treatment of their child’s cancer. We provide information on clinical trials, treatment centers, oncologist, financial assistance as well as referrals to Wish Foundations and legal assistance. We publish an informational newsletter focused on the treatment of childhood cancer and its late effects, that is mailed quarterly to 20,000 families and survivors of childhood cancer. We represent childhood cancer through our membership on the following national cancer committees: the National Dialogue on Cancer (co-chaired by President George H. Bush and Senator Dianne Feinstein), the Coalition for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society’s Child and Adolescent Cancer working group, the FDA’s Cancer Drug Development Patient Consultant Program, and the Alliance for Childhood Cancer.

In the past 13 months, we have published four new books, three for children themselves who are diagnosed with this life-threatening disease, and one for school teachers to assist them with providing the best education possible for children who are diagnosed with cancer! Through these resources, children, families and teachers are empowered through information and given hope for the future. All resources are provided without charge. Each $5.00 donation puts a book into the hands of a child who need it in their cancer battle!

Through support as your, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, continues to provide education, support and advocacy to America’s cancer children. Founded in 1970, we are a non-profit tax exempt 501(c)3 organization. I certify that no goods or services were received in exchange for your contribution. As a result, your gift-in-kind donation is 100% tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Thank you again for your generous donation.

Warm regards,

Ruth Hoffman
National Executive Director

We invite you to explore our Web site to learn more about how cancer affects children,
how you can help, and where to find information and support.

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