lighthouse_logo_color (1)Our goal is to support families who are experiencing financial hardships due to Cancer or a Catastrophic Illness. VELAS Lighthouse looks to raise  funds and bring awareness to the community about the issues affecting families when a loved one is diagnosed with Cancer or a Catastrophic Illness.

Since the inception of this program, families have received assistance with utility bills, rent, medical equipment, food and other household items.

Families are identified with the collaboration of our community partners and the community at large.


When you support the VELAS Lighthouse Program, you help us provide direct services to our Families, Individuals and Seniors. Our program runs solely on private donations being received from individuals, businesses and our community partners. VELA will continue to host fundraising events in order to make this program possible.

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  • More than one million people in the United States are diagnosed with Cancer each year.
  • Cancer surpasses heart disease as the leading cause of death among Latinos.
  • In California alone, approximately 1,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with Cancer each year, with nearly 50% of these cases being Latino Children.
  • A total of 1.7 million new Cancer cases and more than half a million deaths from Cancer are projected to occur in the United States in 2014.

Sources: National Cancer Institute and the Federal Center of Disease Control and Prevention


To become a VELA Volunteer, Click Here.