The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) began in 1970 by a group of
parents whose children were diagnosed with cancer. They came together to lobby for more
research, and to support each other through the diagnosis and treatment of this life threatening
disease at a time when very few children survived. Today, ACCO is one of the nations
largest grassroots, national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children
and adolescents with cancer and their families. ACCO is a strong advocate for families in
Washington DC, produce the highest quality materials on childhood cancer, and have over
40 local affiliate organizations across the country providing direct services to the families in
Candlelighters of Southwest Florida is local affiliate of ACCO founded in 1983 by Klair
Snellbaker; a parent of a child diagnosed with cancer. Klair continues today assisting families
of children with cancer and blood disorder throughout their journey. Candlelighters
serves approximately 450 families in a five county area — Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry,
and Glades — providing support, education and advocacy to children as well as the professionals
that care for them. The Candlelighters organization is a vital source of inspiration,
emotional support, and assistance for newly diagnosed families, those in treatment, long
term survivors, those suffering from long term effects of treatments, children undergoing
bone marrow treatments and to bereaved families.
All children with cancer or blood disorders and their families are eligible to receive benefits
of membership. Members are not required to pay dues and will receive the quarterly newsletter
and other mailings at no cost. Community supporters, healthcare professionals and
extended family members may become active supporters financially or serve as volunteers
with the charity. They are not eligible for benefits designed for childhood cancer or blood
We hope that you find some useful information at this website.
If we can be of any further assistance to you, please feel free to contact us.
Your tax deductible contributions will help
Candlelighters of Southwest Florida to continue to provide
support and hope to area families battling cancer or blood disorders.
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS!!