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Lighting the way with the Candlelights

by: John Saxman, A member of the Rose City Clowns enjoys a special moment with two young ladies at the party.

The annual holiday party for Candlelighters families, staged by the Kruse Way Rotary Club, was held Sunday at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Washington Square.

The party is held for children with cancer and their families.

'There were over 400 people in attendance,' said Alan Glickman, public relations chair for Kruse Way Rotary. 'They get together as a group and it's a festive time for them.'

Probably the most touching comments he receives in his role as Santa Claus come from the children themselves, many of whom say 'they just want to get better and be happy and do the fun things in life.'

'For 17 years the joy of Christmas has been brought to a special group of children with cancer,' he said.

This year proved no exception as the Lake Oswego club hosted its annual party for children and their families. The program is aimed at the children of Candlelighters, an organization of families that have children with cancer.

Theme for Sunday's party was the 'Joy of Christmas at Old McDonald's Farm.'

Among those participating were Santa and Mrs. Claus, Glickman said. The party featured food, entertainment, animals from the Reptile Man and music.

All of the children were given a gift. The Rose City Clowns provided face-painting and balloon objects. Additionally, there was a room set aside just for the teen-agers with music and a DJ.