The Childhood Cancer Coalition is dedicated to a distinctive mission: providing comprehensive support to families navigating childhood cancer treatments and assisting them in rebuilding their lives after cancer. Our organization brings together individuals who have personally experienced the challenges of childhood cancer, ensuring a deep understanding of the journey.
By donating, you can significantly impact the lives of children with cancer and their families. Your contribution will enable us to offer emotional and practical support, educational resources, patient advocacy, and, most importantly, the reassurance that no child or family will ever face cancer alone. Together, we can enhance the well-being and resilience of these courageous children and their loved ones.
Join us in our commitment to creating a light amid the darkest hours for children battling cancer.
Your support truly makes a difference.
Our organization’s roots date back to 1977 when it was established as the Inland Northwest Candlelighters, a part of the statewide group called Washington Candlelighters. The Candlelighters movement originated in 1970 when a dedicated group of parents of children with cancer came together to advocate for the unique needs of young cancer patients.
In 1998, recognizing the need to better cater to our specific geographic areas, we decided to separate from WWA Candlelighters and formed our own group, the Inland Northwest Candlelighters. During this transition, we underwent the incorporation process and became an independent 501(c)3 organization. This change allowed us to represent and serve the families within our region more accurately. It’s important to note that many families seeking treatment come to Spokane from Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Western Montana.
As a parent-driven organization, we have remained steadfast in our mission of supporting children with cancer and their families. Throughout the years, we have welcomed compassionate community members who share our dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of these courageous children. Our belief has always been unwavering: “No child or family will ever face cancer alone!”
In 2010, we officially adopted the name American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest, aligning ourselves with the resources of the American Childhood Cancer Organization. This connection further solidified our commitment to supporting children with cancer and their families while also advocating for research to help find a cure for children’s cancer.
Today, we proudly announce our rebranding as the Childhood Cancer Coalition. This new name reflects our ongoing dedication to serving our kids and their families while also reaching out to our local communities, inviting them to partner with us in bringing hope during one of the darkest times a child and their family can experience.
We are excited about the future and the opportunities it holds to continue making a meaningful impact. Together, as the Childhood Cancer Coalition, we will light the way, providing support, advocacy, and hope to children with cancer and their families. We invite you to join us on this important journey.
A New Chapter
Why we chose the name Childhood Cancer Coalition:
The Childhood Cancer Coalition represents an organized group of individuals, organizations, and resources dedicated to addressing the needs of children with cancer and their families. It serves as a centralized hub for information, support, and advocacy.
We play a crucial role in coordinating various services and programs to ensure comprehensive support for children with cancer. We bring together healthcare professionals, support groups, volunteers, and other stakeholders to collaborate and provide assistance in areas such as medical care, emotional support, financial aid, research, and awareness campaigns.
We act as a bridge between families facing childhood cancer and the wider community. By leveraging the collective efforts and resources of the community to help create a network of support that can address the unique challenges faced by children with cancer and their families.
Why we chose the firefly as our logo:
The synchronous firefly is a mesmerizing creature that demonstrates a natural phenomenon where fireflies come together and synchronize their flashing light patterns. It is a metaphor for the collective support and unity within a community. Just like a firefly illuminates the darkness, it also represents a whimsical and joyful spark that brings light to our lives.
Similarly, in the context of childhood cancer, the community coming together to support children and their families can create a powerful and synchronized effort. Just as the fireflies align their flashing lights, the community can align its resources, services, and support to create a unified front against childhood cancer. We are a Coalition.
Both represent the power of coming together, synchronizing resources, and creating a network of support to bring light and hope to those facing the challenges of childhood cancer.