People Who Light The Way
The 7th Annual People Who Light the Way Awards ceremony will be Saturday, November 12 2011, at the Volunteer Center, 924 N Alvernon Way at noon.

Guest speaker Luz O Pelayo-Katsanis, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPON "Reintroduction into School During And After Cancer Therapy".

Lunch will be served

The event is held to honor those who are a beacon of light for children with cancer

Candlelighters gets its name from the ancient Chinese proverb, "It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness."

This award is offered annually as a way to recognize the substantial contributions of people helping children with cancer.

2011 honorees
Grandma Z
Extraordinary care of families at the Ronald McDonald House
Nominated by: Perla Estrada

Carla Goodhart RN
A wonderful nurse
Nominated by: Czarina Navarro

Lauren Graff CCLS
Making children happy in hospital
Nominated by: Jessica Gross

Deborah Gibson
A “guardian angel” to her niece
Nominated by: Amy& Bailey Gibson

Steven Levine
An angel sent from God
Nominated by: Erika Cody

Floyd Sands
Went above & beyond to find answers to why our children are dying
Nominated by Matthew & Yvonne Warneke

2010 honorees
Dr. Bianchi
Outstanding Pediatrician
Nominated by: Kim Quiroz

Maria Louisa Diaz
Mother Extraordinaire
Nominated by: Luisa Diaz

Alex Rivera
Future mover and shaker
Nominated by: Angela Moreno

Sharon Grauer
Super Grandma
Nominated by: Jessica Durkit

Beverley Tidwell
A Ray of Sunshine!
Nominated by: Rebecca Farrar

2009 honorees

Laura Hagerty, Pediatric Oncology Social Worker at UMC

Dan Lewis, owner of A Tuxedo, Tailor and Bridal Shop

WORKship, a local Methodist Church Service organzation, recognizing Minister Tom Hill and Johnny Linebarger

Lori Throne, Director of Nurses for Women and Children at UMC

Armando Valenzuela, Assistant Principal at Guerrero School

2008 honorees

Dr. Emmanuel Katsanis, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Section Chief of Hematology Oncology at UMC

Diane Graham, Photographer

James Green, Donor and Supporter

Mary Magill, Home Health Nurse

Socorro Orozco, Patient Care Assistant at UMC

2007 honorees

Michael L. Graham, MD, Director, pediatric bone marrow transplant unit at the University Medical Center.

Luisa Diaz, teen leukemia survivor who underwent two bone marrow transplants, was so moved by her experience as Prom Queen at the first Dream Night Prom, that she made the dream come true for other teens.

Gabrielle Jurecky, oncology nurse

Jaime Camacho, father and husband

Jason Zontanos, support counselor

2006 honorees:

Dan Shapiro, Ph. D, is a childhood cancer survivor, author, speaker, psychologist and associate professor at the University of Arizona.

Carina Groves, who organized “Dream Night,” a prom for teens battling cancer or another life-threatening illness.

Dr. Mary E. Cochran, director of the TMC Pediatric Hospice and a pediatrician who has been a tireless advocate for local children with cancer since the mid-1980s.

Gloanna Peek, Nurse Practitioner in the pediatric transplant unit of UMC.

Joanne Beaufait, makes the world a more beautiful place. In December we held our Candlelighters holiday party at the RV Voyager Resort where Beaufait lives in the winter, and she just kept finding more ways to be helpful.

2005 Honorees

The principal honoree was Dr. John Hutter, retiring as Chief of the UMC Pediatric Oncology department.

Kathy Zillman, whose "Tee Up For Tots" supports local cancer research and program support.

Richard Burt, a Patient Care Tech at UMC, in the 3 East pediatric ward.

Adrienne Hannan, RN

Amy Tidwell, 16 tireless volunteer at Candlelighters gatherings.