Candlelighters at Camp of the Tall Pines

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Camp of the Tall Pines nestles quietly outside of Mayhill, New Mexico. The camp is known as a weekend getaway with cozy rental cabins, glamping tent sites, RV spots, horseback riding, a ropes course and much more, but this past weekend the camp became a haven for families with a child undergoing cancer treatment. These families experiencing childhood cancer first hand are known as candlelighters; the candlelighter families register with Candlelighters of West Texas/Southern New Mexico, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that serves families of children with cancer. It is the only no-cost provider in the region that supports children with cancer ages 0 to 25. Candlelighters formed in 1978 by a small group of parents brought together by their shared journey through cancer treatment. They serve approximately 300 children in treatment and provide extended services to over 1,500 registered families in the El Paso and surrounding areas.

The candlelighters attended a retreat hosted specifically for them at Camp of the Tall Pines. Tall Pines welcomed the candlelighters to the camp with a golden balloon arch and custom embroidered towels and a weekend of fun and relaxation. Participants tested their skills on the ropes course. They rode horses through the pine trees and enjoyed a few care-free days without medical appointments. Candlelighters enriches the lives of children who have cancer by providing hope, support, encouragement, advocacy and education to those children, their families, and the community at large. Camp of the Tall Pines helped Candlelighters fulfill their mission of hope to these families during their stay in Mayhill. 

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