This programme commenced in 2001 with five sponsorships from a USA based voluntary organization granted to five child patients. 1013 patients have been assisted so far and there are many more patients awaiting sponsorship.
Sponsorships are expected to be for a minimum period of one year (the donation could be made quarterly, bi-annually or annually). CandleAid makes available to each sponsor, details of the patient receiving the benefit of his or her sponsorship. A thank you letter from the patient indicating the recuperation, family status, benefit gained by the patient is sent to each sponsor in October every year.
Patients are generally recommended by doctors at the National Cancer Hospital, Maharagama. On completion of a laid down screening procedure, patients who qualify for assistance are placed on the waiting list.