In 1979, a small group of parents who had children diagnosed with cancer saw a need for families to meet other families experiencing the same issues. They began meeting on a monthly basis and after several months they formed an independent chapter of Candlelighters, establishing non-profit status in 1981.

Candlelighters is now known as Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California, Inc. (CCFSC).

Today, CCFSC
is now more than 700 families strong committed to serving children with cancer and their families throughout Southern California emotionally, financially, educationally and with emergency assistance. CCFSC works directly with the families to identify their need for support. Childhood Cancer Foundation maintains a full-time office with professional staff available for family support.