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Capital Candlelighters Newsletter
. . . because kids can't fight cancer alone!
November, 2008
In This Issue
--Halloween Party Fun
--Million Penny Drive 2009
--November Family Gathering
--Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree
--Suzy's Run/Walk 2008
Halloween Party 2008
Mom and daughters as princesses
85 people came to play at the Capital Candlelighters Halloween Party on October 25th at the Fitchburg Community Center!  We enjoyed the taco bar and pizza, played some silly games (including a whole lot of Bingo) and braved the Haunted Maze.  20+ volunteers from Epic Systems helped to make the night lots of fun for adults and kids.
Calling All Schools!
Lincoln penny
The 2009 Million Penny Drive will run for the entire month of March.  Think we can collect ONE MILLION PENNIES to support families of kids with cancer??  If your school, workplace or community group would like to take part, we'd love to get them on the list as soon as possible.  Participants can collect funds for any length of time during March.  Want to learn more?  Call 608-231-8006 or email
Sponsor Feature:
Italian Workmen's Club of Madison
The consistently energetic and generous members of the Italian Workmen's Club pledged the proceeds of their 2008 Italian Golf Classic to Capital Candlelighters!!
Italian Workmen's Club of Madison logo
Visit Our Sponsor
  Sponsor Feature:
The Madison Rotary Foundation awarded Capital Candlelighters a 2008 Lona Ehlers Community Grant to provide financial assistance to Dane County families of kids with cancer.
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Visit Our Sponsor
We offer our profound thanks to these recent donors:

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation grant to fund for New Diagnosis Bags and Ashley's Medical Boxes

Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times  grant to support for our Monthly Childhood Cancer Family Gatherings

Employees of Agracetus Monsanto  donated the proceeds of their recent employee carnival

Capital Times Kids Fund  grant supporting our adaptive and mobility assistance program for young survivors of brain and spinal cancers

Brodhead Optimists made Capital Candlelighters a recipient of funds raised by the Sugar River Bike Tour 2008

Quick Links...
Hi Capital Candlelighters' families and friends! 

We hope you are having a fun and healthy fall. 

We're busy gearing up for the holidays and we have started planning for 2009.   If you would like to participate on one of our committees, to help with events and programs for families or on fund raising efforts, please call or email the Candlelighters' office.  We'd love to have your help! 

Monthly Family Gathering  Wednesday, November 5th
Kids playing bingo
Join other families of children with cancer at our monthly family support group! 

Vitense Golfland
Beltline Hwy at Whitney Way
6 pm
Dinner provided by the Green Tree Grill

Kids play, do activities, enjoy indoor mini-golf and arcade games with our great volunteers from the UW Occupational Therapy graduate program and adults have time to share and talk.

No RSVP necessary
Monthly Family Gatherings funded by a grant from
The Evjue Foundation, charitable arm of The Capital Times

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree 2008:
Place a ribbon on the tree in honor of a child!
Light up the Holidays with Hope logo The 9th annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree lighting will take place on December 6, 2008 at the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, DC.  The 23 foot tall tree, erected by Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, is covered with thousands of gold ribbons, each bearing the name and age of a child with cancer in the United States.  For $5.00, you can place a ribbon on the tree in honor or in memory of a child.  The tree will stand where tens of thousands of visitors will see it until January, a testament to the enormous impact that childhood cancer has on our kids and families.

The ribbon will be sent to you as a keepsake in January 2009.

Click here to purchase a ribbon in honor or in memory of a child with cancer  You can purchase a ribbon online and leave a short message that can be read by others posting on the site, or you can download and print a mail-in form. 

Suzy's Run/Walk 2008 Raised $25,000!
Suzy and the startersThanks so much to all of you who walked, ran and raised pledges to support Capital Candlelighters in this year's Suzy's Run/Walk.  Nearly 400 walkers and runners took to the 5K and 10K routes around Warner Park on Sunday, October 19th

Legendary Wisconsin athlete and Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton, our Honorary Race Chair, inspired the crowd and introduced the four kids who served as our honorary starters.  Childhood cancer fighters Abbie, Sam, Maddie and Reyes led off the runners and walkers and reminded everyone why we were there to lend our support to local kids and teens battling cancer.  

Funds from this year's run/walk event will be used to provide financial assistance to families struggling with expenses that, if let unmet, might compromise the health or safety of the child with cancer. 

In 2008, we expect to help families with more than $42,000 in assistance, including rent/mortgage payments, car repairs, gas cards and other transportation costs, utility bills, groceries, etc.

To see all the photos from Suzy's Run/Walk 2008, visit Serna Liebl Photography.  Danny Serna and Rebeca Liebl did an incredible job as this year's volunteer photographers.

Our deepest thanks to the 2008 Suzy's Run/Walk Presenting Sponsor, UW Health/American Family Children's Hospital.  Other generous sponsors were Radiate Hope Foundation, First Weber Group Foundation, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Storybridge TV, KS Energy Services, Stafford Rosenbaum attorneys, M & I Bank,, Grant Thornton,  Serna Liebl Photography, Fleet Feet Sports, La Brioche, Race Day Events, Magic 98 and Junior's Promotions, who made our gorgeous t-shirts.

Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Anne Spurgeon
Executive Director
Capital Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Alliance
P.S.  Just a little reminder:  you can write in Capital Candlelighters as a recipient of your workplace contribution through the United Way.  Every contribution helps!  Thanks.