Our mission is to provide information and awareness for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, to advocate for their needs, and to support research.
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded in 1970 by concerned parents of children with cancer. Today our membership of over 50,000 members of the national office and more than 100,000 members across the country. In 2010, we changed our name to American Childhood Cancer Organization to better reflect what we do and who we serve.
A diagnosis of childhood cancer is devastating for the family. Childhood cancer is treated aggressively, often with a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, at a time of life when bodies are growing and developing. Treatment has a significant long-term impact on childrens' endocrine, heart, and cognitive functions. Additionally, parents of children with cancer are often young, have a limited income, and they have other children. One parent often needs to give up a job to take care of their child being treated for cancer.
The needs are great, and American Childhood Cancer Organization is a primary provider of essential programs and services required by families of children with cancer. We produce high quality informational materials that benefit thousands of families every year. We work on Capitol Hill to get more resources for research into better and safer treatments and other health policy that will benefit kids and teens with cancer and their families.
1. Each day in the United States, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.
2. Cancer remains the number one disease killer of America's children - more than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Asthma and AIDS combined.
3. Kids with cancer need emotional support and information through treatment and in the years beyond.