Steve S., Area Manager in Toronto, knows one sure way to brighten spirits: show families of children with cancer they are thought of before, during and long after the holiday season.
While it’s no small task, Steve and his family spread cheer one basket at a time.
Steve discovered the Candlelighters Simcoe, a nonprofit that provides support services to families impacted by childhood cancer, after three of his close friends turned to the organization during their children’s cancer treatments.
“The support from this community – emotionally and financially – helped them immensely,” says Steve. “After witnessing the impact and hearing testimonials from other friends, my family began to volunteer.”
The Candlelighters provide hope through support services, financial assistance and community resources.“
There are endless needs we don’t think about unless we are pushed into the situation of having a child with cancer,” says Steve. “Candlelighters addresses those needs and more.”
Christmas Care Program
The holidays can be an especially difficult time for children with cancer whose season is filled with doctor’s visits, treatment sessions and isolation due to low immunity.
Steve and his family help bring a bit of cheer to the kids and their families through the Candlelighters Christmas program by delivering baskets filled with baked goods, toys, gift certificates and groceries.
“This program was designed to bring some relief to parents who are constantly burdened with the arrangements of cancer treatment,” says Steve. “This is one of the great ways the organization lets families know they are thought of all year round.”