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.


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

Juno – Car service

Life Line Pilots – Free flights for cancer families

Miracle Travel Works – Help with travel expenses – transportation (NYC subways/buses, Metro North, LIRR)

Patient AirLift Services – Free flights for cancer families

Red Dog Foundation – Free Parking

Uber – Car service

Via – Car service


Some restaurants and grocery stores suggested by our Candlelighters NYC families:

A Matter of Health (health-conscious grocery store)

Delizia (Italian)

Green Kitchen (Diner)

Maz Mezcal (Mexican)

Morton Williams (Grocery)

Numero 28 (Italian) (Delivery)

Sugar Factory (Fun, Entertaining)

Sweetgreen (Salads)

Veniero’s (Pastries, Desserts)


Broadway Box – Broadway Shows Discount Codes

Deals in New York – Entertainment ideas and discounts

Grahamtastic – Free Laptop or iPad for kids in treatment

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

Love and Light – Special Glow in the Dark Turtle Nightlight

NYC, The Official Guide – Things to do in NYC

Prize Box or Treasure Chest – Prize Box mailed to homes

Tiny Sparrow Foundation – Free Professional Family Portraits

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


Sunrise Day Camp:  Sunrise Day Camps are proud members of the Sunrise Association, whose mission is to bring back the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings worldwide. Sunrise accomplishes this through the creation and oversight of welcoming, inclusive summer day camps, year-round programs and in-hospital recreational activities, all offered free of charge.

Sunrise has 3 full summer day camps in the Metro NY area: Long Island, Pearl River (Rockland County), and Staten Island.


A Freebird Organization –  Supports children battling cancer and other chronic illnesses through the therapeutic arts

A Moment of Magic –  Arranges visits to children’s hospitals dressed as the world’s most popular princesses (nationwide)

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

Arms Wide Open –  Promotes the science and art of medicine related to the study of pediatric cancer cells and related structures, to support and enhance education in pediatric oncology fields, to support and enhance pediatric oncology research and in allied fields, to facilitate, improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting pediatric cancer cells

Band of Parents – For Neuroblastoma families being treated at Sloan

Binkeez for Comfort – Provides handmade blankets from certified fabrics to babies and children, all the while offering support to parents, siblings and caregivers.

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

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

Chemo Angels – Volunteers supporting chemo patients

ChemoDuck – Educational doll for cancer patients

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

Jack’s Helping Hand – Family assistance

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

Nighthawk Ranch –   A working ranch, providing a safe healing place for children a recovering from cancer to regain self-esteem and build hope and confidence in their future

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

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

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

The Truth 365 –  Shines a light on the state of childhood cancer research funding by uniting the childhood cancer community, members of Congress, top pediatric oncologists and several of the country’s most influential celebrities.

William’s Warriors – Supplies local hospitals with inpatient art therapy supplies and creates individualized outpatient “Creative Care Packages” to offer those same therapies/supplies at home

Additional organizations 

All of their applications can be found on their websites


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