Candlelighters Youth Council
Mission: Candlelighters, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a parent-run organized support network. We educate, support, serve and advocate for families of children with cancer, bereaved families, survivors of childhood cancer, and the professionals that care for us. Members: 50 Ages: 13-18 years Website: http://www.candlelightersaz.org
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#5 04/21/07 9:00 PM posted by melissa
Great job in Tucson, Washington, and in our Lion hearts. Your Dr. Graham sounds like a great guy. Congratulations on your award. Also, the event sounded like a whopping success. Was that movie sad? It’s sort of amazing that the mayor of Tucson’s daughter is fighting cancer. 21 chemos is huge. Thank you for helping with your spirited event. The photos are great and we’ll get them online soon.
Luisa, can you tell us more about your own childhood cancer? Also, what made you decide to use your experience in such a big way?
: ) Melissa
#4 04/21/07 5:02 PM posted by Luisa
Today I did my event for the grant. It was awesome! We had fun. All the kids loved the movie. I had *GREAT* volunteers. After the movie we had a get-together with the families with a child with cancer that attended. We played balloon relays up and down the theater aisles, that the kids really enjoyed. games It turned out as great as I hoped it would. I took some wonderful photos of the events.
Afterward Terry (the Candlelighters Program Director) and I attended Youth Service Day in the park. I received another award, and I took pictures with the Mayor of Tucson, Bob Walkup. His daughter is fighting cancer too. She’s had 21 chemotherapies and everytime she gets a treatment he shows up in a new wig. I also took a picture with Nito Bravo, a well-known Tucson boxer who was on The Contender. I have a picture with TV news anchor Martha Vasquez, and local Tucson City Council member Karen Uhlich.
I want to let you know that last month I attended a conference in Washington DC, of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation group leaders throughout America. I presented about the prom I organized for teens with cancer, and about the need for more support services for teens with cancer. The photo is of me arriving in DC, with my Betty Boop suitcases. I love Betty Boop!
#3 04/20/07 11:12 PM posted by Luisa
Today we had our Candlelighters “People Who Light The Way” award ceremony. I nominated my doctor, Michael Graham. He saved my life and he is a very important person to me. He is in charge of the pediatric bone marrow transplant center of the University Medical Center here in Tucson AZ. I also received an award for the prom I organized in February. We had several teens volunteer with the children in the hospital playroom during the event.
Tomorrow is my “Film and Family Fun” event. I’m very excited! I can’t wait until tomorrow, when we watch “Bridge to Terebithia” and then have a little get together. I got volunteers from Saguaro High School, who will serve popcorn and do craft projects for the kids with cancer. There is a really big event for National and Global Youth Service Day tomorrow afternoon, that I will go to after the movie. The Mayor will be there, and “The Contender,” a local boxing star.
Busy weekend! I can’t wait until tomorrow.
#2 03/14/07 1:45 PM posted by melissa
Dear Candelighters Youth Council,
Congratulations! We are thrilled that you have such wonderful ideas and very much look forward to seeing and hearing about your work. Please keep in touch here. Let us know about the process, challenges, and things you discover along the way. You are a happening group of young people with caring leadership by Luisa. Welcome to the mylion family!!
#1 03/13/07 11:17 PM posted by Luisa
Today I found out that I received this grant. I feel speechless!
I want to thank Youth Service America for selecting Candlelighters Youth Council to receive a Lion in the House Community Service Grant.
I’m really looking forward to doing this project. My idea is to partner with a local movie theater and show a free movie for children with cancer plus their families. After the movie we will offer a fun fest in the lobby. We are hoping to raise money via ticket sale donations during all three days, to support Candlelighters programs for youth with cancer here in southern Arizona.
I also organized a Dream Night Prom for teens battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses. The theme was Enchanted Promenade, and our Royal Committee crowned a Queen and a King. 50 teens attended, wearing donated dresses and tuxedos. We also had volunteers doing girls’ hair and make-up, as well as a terrific DJ. We received generous donations — corsages, dinner, chocolate fountain and other treats, in a beautiful ballroom owned by the Saguaro Buttes Community Church. We had wonderful volunteer help from my Santa Cruz Catholic Church youth group and the Saguaro High School student council.
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