All money raised at the Harvest Classic benefits the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Program of Any Baby Can
Candlelighters in the Austin Area was founded in 1988 as a grass-roots, parent-driven nonprofit to aid children and families battling childhood cancer. As the number of families facing the strain of childhood cancer grew (from 15 beneficiary families in the first year to the thousands of families who have received services to date), Candlelighters evolved into a combined effort between professional social workers and families to help them cope with the difficulties of having a child with cancer. In 2003, Candlelighters merged with Any Baby Can, increasing the scope of both nonprofit organizations.
Central to the vision of Candlelighters is that no family should have to go through their journey with cancer alone. Included among the many services provided are counseling and crisis intervention, respite services and events, school-based services, family events, holiday celebrations, Camp Grey Dove for siblings, and bereavement services. Candlelighters clients also benefit from wrap-around supports in the form of mental health counseling and financial assistance for housing stability, equipment, and basic needs. The program provides support throughout all stages of cancer without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or financial status. Together, we create an effective advocacy team to support the entire family in navigating uncertainty and to take on the challenges ahead.