Annual candle-lighting ceremony honors children battling cancer - Tucson News Now

Annual candle-lighting ceremony honors children battling cancer

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona held their annual candle-lighting ceremony on the front lawn of Banner University Medical Center Tuesday evening.

The ceremony is dedicated to raising awareness of childhood cancer and acknowledging the challenges the children and families face.

Everyone in attendance lit a candle in honor of a child who is currently in treatment or a child who lost their battle to cancer.

Among the families in attendance, the Weavers, who lost their son Josh in February.

Josh was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer two years ago.

"You try to make sense of a child's death but you can't," said Josh's mom Leticia. "It never makes sense. But he had a greater purpose in life. And I think the purpose of his life was to inspire others."

Beverly Tidwell, with the foundation, said the event is meant to inspire hope and provide a sense of community for all families.

"It makes you feel like you're not alone, that you're not going through it alone," said Josh's father Matt. "Even though sometimes you feel like you are," said Matt Weaver, Josh's father.

September  is national childhood cancer awareness month.

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