Candlelighters is a home away from home. Barbara is like a fairy godmother. When my son was getting his bone marrow transplant we signed up online and got a phone call right away welcoming our family with open arms. Our son had been diagnosed with high risk ALL leukemia and needed to get a bone marrow transplant that resulted in then staying pretty much isolated from the world as well as going through ups and downs where he didn't always feel good about himself. Candlelighters foundation helped our son as well as our other children feel special and allowed him to really enjoy himself in an environment where we knew we could feel comfortable. Also as a parent being a part of this foundation has helped me heal being surrounded by many other beautiful families fighting similar battles. This foundation is more than just a foundation it's a bond that I will always be grateful for.
We have been a part of this organization for over 9 years! My daughter was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma as an infant. We are from California and came to NYC for the best chance at survival with a team of specialist at MSKCC. Candlelighters has been a lifeline resource for us since, Barbara is our family & she takes care of us just like family! Everything from emotional support, to finding local doctors for eye appointments etc...she is always there. She provides an outlet of fun & much needed support for children and families in situations like ours. It's amazing and just as much as an emotional life saver, as the medical life savers treating my child. She cares and loves each child, sibling, parent like her own. And her volunteers, exact examples of unshelfish, heartfelt people who love these kids and families.
Candlelighters is not your average cancer group. There are so many wonderful groups out there that provide financial assistance to families in need; Candlelighters is so much more. We are a family.
Candlelighters provides the love, friendship, hope and sanity that pediatric families need. They embrace the whole family, and introduce them to other families in similar situations.
Candlelighters is a friendly face at the airport or train station. Candlelighters is a hand to hold and a shoulder to cry on in your darkest moments. Candlelighters share tears of joy at a good prognosis. Candlelighters is a perfect Christmas morning with every request for Santa fulfilled. It is a birthday party, a fairytale dress, Halloween costumes and parties, an every day wish granter. Candlelighters provides a home (and a family) away from home, so that children, their siblings and parents don't feel quite so lost when facing treatments and procedures. Candlelighters is a Hero Parade, a rally, a fight with friends to never lose hope. Candlelighters is also a link to other amazing opportunities and organizations that parents not versed in "cancer survival" would not otherwise no about.
The best part about Candlelighters is that they take care of your child (& you!) through the bad times AND the good. Unlike most organizations, Candlelighters is well aware of how deep and permanent pediatric cancer scars go. Children 1, 5, 10, 15 years NED are celebrated. Angels are lovingly remembered, and their families are still taken care of.
Running in to Barbara Zobian was a blessing. She and, the entire Candlelighters organization, have been and continue to be a tremendous source of support and positive energy for my daughter and for my whole family. Candlelighters are truly angels on Earth
Words can not describe or explain fully the love and gratitude we have for Barbara and Candlelighters NYC Inc. Barbara, Uno and others with Candlelighters NYC make such a huge impact in the lives of so many. When we were many hours away from friends and family, People told us of an amazing woman named Barbara. She was all that and more. Barbara and Candlelighters threw Nina a birthday party and brought unbelievably wonderful distraction opportunities into our challenging lives. It was medicine for our soul and brought a much needed light into my daughter's days. Unbelievable organization deserving of support!
There are non-profits, and then there are one of a kind non-profits like Candlelighters. Barbara and her team are simply the most special caring people we have met in NY while our son fought his cancer battle. I still don't know how we would have made it without them. We, the Finnigan family are eternally grateful.
Candlelighters, NYC is an amazing non profit run by Barbara Zobian. Barbara is dedicated to helping families in New York City get through the difficult times when a child is diagnosed with cancer. We came to NYC to get treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for his Stage IV Neuroblastoma in October of 2007 and Barbara really helped us out in very practical ways. She throws amazing parties that the kids LOVE and it is a great way for the kids to get away from the "hospital life" and do really fun activities in Manhattan! http://www.candlelightersnyc.org