*Link child to child, parent to parent, family to family, group to group
*Ease frustration and fears through shared emotions and experience
*Exchange information on research, treatment and community resources
*Break down the social and isolation of families
*Provide guidance in coping with childhood cancer's effect on a child, parent, siblings, and family
*Identify patient and family needs so that medical and social systems respond adequately
*Are an emotional support system of second families
Candlelighters is a voice in our community for pediatric cancer families and survivors to the general public, the medical community, government, schools, employers and the media.