This year in the United States, more than 15,000 families will hear the unbelievable news that their child has been diagnosed with cancer. As they make their way through treatment, they will face a thousand battles aside from the one happening with their kid’s cellular biology. Moms and dads might seldom see one another save for passing in the hospital parking lot. Mounting medical costs can be overwhelming on their own, and even more so, with one of the parents quitting their job to manage the care. Siblings might feel a loneliness from an understandable lack of attention. Friends and neighbors will want to help, but they won’t really know how.
Because of these realities and so many more, the family unit bears unimaginable weight and is exposed to profound risk. And that’s just not going to work for us.
Lighthouse Family Retreat is a faith-based non-profit that exists to strengthen every family living through childhood cancer. We host restorative retreats and develop helpful resources so that families and their support systems can find hope in God and help in their fight. Learn more about the history of Lighthouse Family Retreat & our work here.
“Cancer is a an ugly storm but this retreat has been a ray of light in the middle of it.”
Our flagship offering is a respite for families living through childhood cancer, who we call our Retreat Families. We serve them by organizing volunteers, called Family Partners, to provide a week of deep rest, relational connection, great laughter, and palpable kindness.
Over the last 20 years, we have learned a thing or two from the families we serve. From podcasts to blog posts to activity books and devotionals, we are creating resources that we hope will encourage your family during this journey.