The Most Important Life Saving Research

  Childhood Cancer Canada supports the C17, a national organization of childhood cancer and blood disease program in Canada. Leading pediatric oncologists and hematologist develop research and advocate policies that benefit the improvement of life for children.

    “In the last 5 years, as the numbers of promising new treatments has increased, C17 has taken on an increasing number of trial sponsorships. Without C17, many Canadian children would not have access to these new treatments. And without Childhood Cancer Canada, C17 would not be able to provide this support and sponsorship for childhood cancer clinical trials.”

– Dr. Jim Whitlock, Chair C17 and Division Head Haematology/Oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children

Our History

The Beginning

May 20, 1976 Bryan Eddy lead a march of more than 200 people across Canada to demonstrate on Parliament Hill in support of Medical research. Bryan held a sign saying “I have leukemia. Without research I am on death row.” Bryan advocated for all those suffering from incurable diseases. On August 12, 1976 Bryan passed away at the Montreal Children’s hospital.


In 1987, Edwin Eddy created a small charity called the Candlelighters as a promise to her son after losing Bryan to acute myelogenous leukemia. The name Candlelighters was used as a reference to the expression, “it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

Investment in Research

The Foundation becomes the primary funder of clinical trials and childhood cancer research for C17.

Survivor Scholarship

The Survivor Scholarship Program is launched, providing much needed financial support and recognition for young survivors of childhood cancer who wish to pursue post-secondary education.


June 23, 2016, Edwina Eddy was awarded with the Meritorious Service Decoration for her years of childhood cancer advocacy.

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To create victories for Canadian children with cancer through investment in national,
collaborative, lifesaving research, empowering education and community programs.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for the CCC scholarship towards my undergraduate studies in Biomedical science.


I was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor at the age of 5. I am now 21. The CCC Scholarship has helped me to afford transportation and has also bought the textbooks that I will use to graduate.


We attended the Purple Party, a set tour of Murdoch Mysteries, and have been provided with tickets to special events. These memories mean so much to our family


This scholarship will help me immensely with my schooling. I am very grateful to Childhood Cancer Canada for their support and the opportunities they have given me since I was young.


I cannot express how thankful and blessed I am to have been chosen to be a recipient for the survivor scholarship. Receiving this scholarship made it possible for me to pursue my dreams and go to university


The CCC Scholarship is an amazing reminder of the hope that Childhood Cancer survivors have for the future. They can own their story and be confident in what the future holds!