Light One Little Candle

Last Tuesday, The University of Maryland Social Work Department and the Greenebaum Cancer Center became the 14th partner for the Light One Little Candle Foundation.

The Light One Little Candle Foundation was created by Joelle Pauporte, a physician who was fighting breast cancer. She wanted to leave a legacy of memories and life lessons for her young daughter.

Light One Little Candle is designed to encourage cancer patients who are also caregivers to bond with their children throughout their illness by reading books together that have nothing to do with cancer.  The idea is to read books with great talking points about life (The Velveteen Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh).

The name of the foundation, Light One Little Candle, stems from a lullaby that Joelle sang to Halle since she was born. It begins, “It is better to light just one little candle than to stumble in the dark…” Joelle died in 2005 at age 36 when Halle was just 4, but her legacy of bonding through books lives on through the foundation.

On Tuesday, the Light One Little Candle Foundation came into the Greenebaum Cancer Center to hand out some book to some of the young cancer patients there. Two families that are very connected with UCF were there with their combined five children. The kids had a great time! They made their own unique candles with lots of paint and glitter!!

Each child was given a book that was picked out especially for them. Two UCF families spoke about each of their cancer journeys’. Both stories were unique and very touching to hear. Kids were running around and having a wonderful time. They were so excited about their books! I think I read three books right on the spot. Each child proudly carried their book around with them for the rest of the afternoon.  Light One Little Candle will continue to be in the cancer center, giving books to parents and other caregivers so they can continue to foster relationships with their children throughout their illness. It was a great afternoon that highlighted a great new program that benefits cancer patients.

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About Ashley Portrey

Volunteer Coordinator, AmeriCorps member, tennis player, Thanatologist, volunteer, and bargain shopper. Loves anything green, red skittles, tennis, and traveling.
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  1. Pingback: Light One Little Candle | Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults' Blog | The Tennis News

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