Candlelighters bring ‘bedside buddies’ to kids with cancer – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-09-23 09:00:00 –

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — Candle Lighter, A local non-profit organization that supports families of children with cancer, Serving families throughout the area who may have to travel to Portland for treatment.

Personne family. (Courtesy of Pelsons)

One of those families is Pelsons, a close family of six from Grants Pass. When Anna Grace Pelson was diagnosed with cancer in February 2020, it was a big blow.

“I have nothing to prepare for that. I think you’re shocked,” explained Anna’s mother, Carissa.

Anna Grace was 14 years old when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. It started a series of chemotherapy treatments and surgery — at Doernbecher in Portland, away from home, she was always waiting for a surprise.

“I am [stuffed] Animals during all my chemotherapy, and that’s what I’ve always been looking forward to, “Anna said. “It was hard to be there, [but it was] It’s so sweet to get a toy … to look forward to and do something fun. “

It turns out that these bedside buddies came from Candlelighters. But nonprofits didn’t stop there. The Southern Oregon branch chief contacted the Personne family to take care of everyone, down to frequent expeditions to OHSU.

“She was also weekly, so we congratulated us with these gas cards to reach the chemicals — 5 days and 5 nights, we went home for two days and looked back.” Said Karissa.

Candlewriter also introduced the personne to other families with childhood cancer. They say this is a lifeline.

“Meeting other family members was very special for us all to get to know the people in the hospital,” Carissa said. “All the other people in the candle lighter.”

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