for Families

Candlelighters NYC supports many families and many of them have found the following websites and information to be helpful.  These sites are not officially endorsed by Candlelighters NYC.


Patient AirLift Services

Miracle Travel Works – Help with travel expenses

Priceline – Name your own price for car rental, flights, and hotels

Kayak – Find the cheapest published rates on flights and hotels

Life Line Pilots – Free flights for cancer families

Air Charity Network – Free flights for cancer families

Corporate Angel Network – Free flights for cancer families

HopeLodge – A free place to stay for cancer patients over 18

Red Dog Foundation – Free Parking

Food – Buy coupons for local restaurants for big savings – Order food online for delivery to your door

Some restaurants that Candlelighters NYC families suggest are:

  • Maz Mezcal (Mexican)
  • Dallas BBQ
  • Cilantro (Mexican)
  • Delizia (Italian)
  • Starlite Diner (Greek/American)
  • Six Happiness (Chinese)
  • A La Turka (Turkish)


Icing Smiles – Free cakes for kids in treatment and their siblings

Travel For Care Program –  Travel Fund for treatment @ certain hospitals

Grahamtastic – Free Laptop or iPad for kids in treatment

Tiny Sparrow Foundation – Free Professional Family Portraits

Love and Light – Special Glow in the Dark Turtle Nightlight

Prize Box or Treasure Chest

Broadway Box – Broadway Shows Discount Codes

NYC, The Official Guide – Things to do in NYC

Deals in New York – Entertainment ideas and discounts

Groupon – Deals and coupons to use in NYC


Band of Parents – For Neuroblastoma families being treated at Sloan

Brooke’s Blossoming Hope – Provides free headwear to patients (& siblings) struggling with hair loss during treatment

SuperSibs – A site to support, honor and recognize the brothers and sisters of children with cancer

Stupid Cancer – A support site for teens and young adults with cancer

Starlight Children’s Foundation – Support for families in NY/NJ/CT

CareFlash – Keep your friends and family back home up to date on your child’s progress with posts, pictures, and medical information

Children of the House – A list of support pages for many of the kids staying at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC

Animoto – Create great music videos online from your photos to share with friends and family back home

Chemo Angels – Volunteers supporting chemo patients

Make-A-Wish – Metro NY Make-A-Wish chapter for children with life-threatening medical conditions

Jack’s Helping Hand – Family assistance

ChemoDuck – Educational doll for cancer patients

Arms Wide Open

National Office Website

The Truth 365

A Moment of Magic

Nighthawk Ranch

A Freebird Organization



My daughter Brianna and I traveled to NYC for what we thought would be a two day trip for a second opinion with a new team of doctors. Little did we know that those two days would turn into 11 long months. Leaving our family behind, and all the comforts of home, while taking on a vigorous chemotherapy and radiation regimen in preparation for a bone marrow transplant was no walk in the park. We are so very thankful we were able to meet Barbara and her family during our first month living at the Ronald McDonald House. They became our family in a sense and provided such comfort and joy to Brianna and I during our stay. We were able to enjoy outings that we would never of been able to experience on our own, we were gifted beautiful items, we were treated like family, and we were always shown kindness and compassion. Barbara and her family often put our needs in front of their own and were always there to lend a helping hand when needed.We will never forget Candlelighters NYC and all they have done for our family. It was because of them our 11 months away from home was enjoyable in many senses. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Danielle Howard – proud mother of Brianna