Candlelighters lights the way for children facing cancer


On July 23, Laurie Turriff, owner of the Iroquois-based Something Old Something New, donated $800 to Candlelighters. Turriff first heard of the non-profit organization when a relative’s son was diagnosed with cancer. She pointed out that while there are many charity organizations focusing on different types of cancer for adults, there are “few that help out the children and their families.”

Candlelighters is exclusively set up for children age 18 and under, as well as their families, who are coping with the unique challenges associated with a positive diagnosis of cancer. Members of the program receive emotional as well as financial support.

Tammy Johnston and her son Nash Nesbitt-Johnston are members of Candlelighters. Diagnosed with and treated for cancer last year, Nash is now in remission.

During treatment, Johnston said that without the support of Candlelighters, she would have lost her home. The Ottawa-based organization also provided Nash with a laptop to stay on top of his studies and connected to his friends. Through his membership with Candlelighters, Nash met Ottawa Senators player Chris Phillips and his wife Erin Phillips, chair of the Candlelighers board of directors. Nash was also invited to use the Candlelighters’ suite at Scotiabank Place to watch many of the Ottawa Senators games this past season.

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