Supporting Families through Childhood Illnesses

Each year in Texas, more than 1,700 children younger than 20 are diagnosed with cancer. Life-changing events like a cancer or other medical diagnoses can cause financial and emotional distress on a family. Any Baby Can provides services and support so that no family goes through their journey with childhood illness alone.

CARE and Candlelighters

Staff reading to kidAny Baby Can’s Comprehensive Advocacy and Resources for Empowerment (CARE) and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer programs provide comfort, hope and respite to families with children who have special healthcare needs or are coping with cancer. Together, we create an effective advocacy team to support the entire family as they meet the challenges ahead.

Candlelighters is a program specific to childhood cancer and other blood diseases, while CARE provides support for a broader range of childhood diagnoses. Services span from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

CARE and Candlelighters provide:

  • Home-based medical case management

  • Resource navigation including insurance options, medical systems and schools

  • Emotional support and coping skills

  • Crisis assistance

  • Peer and family support groups

  • Community resource information and referrals

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Child must have a chronic illness, physical disability, developmental delay, a mental health diagnosis, or cancer

  • Child’s age is 0-20 years

  • Child lives in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Burnet or Bell County

Our team can help you assess if you and your child could benefit from and qualify for Any Baby Can’s medical case management services.

Camp Grey Dove

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family is affected. Siblings may experience feelings of sadness, jealousy and guilt.

Camp Grey Dove is a week-long overnight summer camp which allows siblings to process these emotions and learn coping skills, while fostering fun and friendship in a summer camp setting.

Client Stories

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EMOTIONAL SUPPORT AND SUMMER FUN

When Feysi was entering her freshman year of high school, she and her family received tragic news: her three-year-old sister had cancer. This is a life-altering diagnosis for the entire family, and a lot for a 14-year-old to process. That summer, Feysi was invited to attend Camp Grey Dove, Any Baby Can’s week-long summer camp for siblings of children with cancer. Read more

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NEW COUNTRY, NEW CHALLENGES, NEW TOOLS

Adam and his family immigrated to the United States from the United Arab Emirates a few years ago. One of the things they were looking forward to the most became one of the most difficult things to navigate: accessing services for Adam, who has autism. With CARE on their side, Adam’s mom gained skills and confidence to advocate for her son and her family. Read more