The nonprofit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation in Nevada recently hosted their Everyday Extraordinary Breakfast to celebrate and honor three Candlelighters children and families for their courage, resilience and strength, and to recognize four community supporters for their dedication Candlelighters beneficiaries get the help they need. Prize winners included the Carvahlo, Duran, and Nordstrom families, as well as The Robert Coomer Group-Celebrity Home Loans, Jeff Helvin, Stage House, and Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada.
“We were thrilled to have our Everyday Extraordinary Breakfast once again – especially in person and together since the pandemic – and to recognize some great families and supporters,” said Kimberly Kindig, CEO of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. âThis morning was about celebrating every candlelight family facing childhood cancer by recognizing how difficult the journey really is, especially over the past year, and thanking our tremendous supporters for helping us with it have to provide a variety of emotional support, quality of life, and financial assistance programs. âAlthough everyone was hit by the pandemic, she noted that 2020 was especially tough for candlelight families with 21 children who died.
The Carvahlo family received life-changing news when 16-year-old Mallory was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Having shown her determination to regain her health, she is now keen to pursue a career in nursing to help children after seeing firsthand what nurses do. Mallory is also an intern at Cure 4 The Kids and volunteers at Camp Independent Firefly, the candlelighters summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings.
The Duran family have been recognized for their persistence and positivity during their cancer journey that began when 10-month-old Luna was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Now, almost five years old, Luna and her family are still an inspiration in the fight against the disease.
The Angel Family laureate is the Nordstrom family. Darrian “DD” entered the care system at the age of 15 months and quickly won the hearts of his eternal family and everyone around him. He was diagnosed with a rare childhood tumor at the age of two and fought courageously against it for four years. In 2018 he lost his fight. The Nordstrom family continues to show strength, courage, and love when they honor his memory.
The Robert Coomer Group-Celebrity Home Loans received the Rising Star Award. After participating in the Candlelighters Superhero 5K two years ago, the company’s support has grown so that Candlelighters can meet the growing need for mortgage and rental support for 24 families in need. In addition, the team runs toy and gift card promotions throughout the year.
Jeff Helvin received the Hero In Action Award for his continued commitment to helping children facing childhood cancer. His work pays homage to the candlelight angel MaKenzie Lynn Hannover, who died of a brain tumor in 2011 after a battle for almost a year. Helvin’s contributions include forming Team Kenzie for the Superhero 5K to honor MaKenzie’s memory. It’s the largest team since the race started 32 years ago with 238 members and has raised more than $ 50,000 over the past 10 years.
The Community Kindness Award was presented to Stage House for its help in activating Candlelighters’ signature events over the past 13 years. It has provided stages, photo backgrounds, finish lines, and more, with staff often being the first to arrive and the last to leave. A few years ago, Stage House also started helping with Camp Independent Firefly, which means going to Big Bear, California to set up camp and going back to dismantle when camp is over.
Finally, the Sustaining Impact Award honored the Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada for the extensive support and positive impact of candlelighters in all areas of the nonprofit and beneficiary families. The company’s involvement includes executives who hold key roles on Candlelighters’ board of directors, participate as main sponsors at major events, employees adopt families over the holidays, and more. Continuing to represent the spirit of fellowship and giving, CCCN donated $ 10,000 during the event.
“Candlelighters have always meant the world to our staff and doctors, and even more so when the granddaughter of one of our own benefited from the support of this great organization before she succumbed to cancer,” said Jon Bilstein, CEO of the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Nevada , upon acceptance of the award. “We are proud and humble to continue supporting Candlelighters and are excited to make a donation of $ 10,000 today.”
The Everyday Extraordinary Breakfast was the Candlelighters’ first personal event in more than a year. It was co-hosted by Mark Shunock, in-arena host of the Vegas Golden Knights and Bob
Arums Top Rank Boxing and creator and host of Mondays Dark and 12 year old Abigail
Coeto-Juarez, a candlelight ambassador and survivor of childhood cancer. The event was made possible by Southwest Gas, Blue Apple Electric, Cragin & Pike and Palm Mortuary.
About Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada is the first and oldest nonprofit in Nevada dedicated to children from birth through 21. Its mission is to provide emotional support, quality of life programs to children and their families affected by childhood cancer and provide financial support. Since it was founded more than 40 years ago, Candlelighters has helped thousands of families and now caters to nearly 400 families each month and more than 1,000 children (diagnosed child and sibling combined) annually. For information visit