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October 8, 2012

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October 8, 2012

Starlight is an amazing organization with uplifting family stories and people who work tirelessly for the cause. Thank you to all the hospitals and all the health care workers making a difference everyday.

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October 8, 2012

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October 8, 2012

I have seen first hand how this great organization has helped so many children and their families. Starlight Childrens Foundation is truly dedicated to these children in desperate need of happiness in a time when its needed most. God Bless you Starlight for always keeping the children your number one priority!

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2012

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

As a volunteer with Starlight Florida, I have experienced the joy and enthusiasm among the children with my company, Broward Sheriff's Office, Great Escape. Starlight is a great organization, and I look forward in continuing our partnership with them.

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During Great Escapes

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June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

Being a parent of a child with the sickle cell anemia disease, I know, first hand, all the emotional stressors, which can be associated with the disease for both the child and the family . To that end, the Starlight Children's Foundation of Florida -through its different activities, one of which is the Great Escape, has helped alleviate some of the daily stressors, by giving an opportunity to the entire family to share some quality time together and with other families. This sharing/learning time is very therapeutic. The hands-on activities for the children, the food, the gifts, etc., have made Great Escape even funnier.
I am very appreciative and grateful for such an organization for being there not only for the children with chronic health issues, but for their families as well.

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I would, contingent upon financial resources, plan more getaway activities during holidays and breaks such as: retreats with the entire family whre sharing and learning can take place.

June 23, 2011

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1 previous review
June 15, 2010

Daniel was born at 32 ½ weeks. At first with only a 8 day NICU stay we didn’t think much then about what he would be faced with later. When he was in preschool he didn’t communicate and... more

June 23, 2011

Daniel was born almost 8 weeks early. We waited to see what if any complications were to follow. He suffered many hospitalizations in the first year of life that we didn't even remember we had a real house to go home to. As the next few years went by we spent more time in doctors offices and therapy centers to provide him with the best quality of life as possible. Then we found out that he suffered a tramitic brain injury somewhere in the first year of life. We shifted gears over the next several years to continue our efforts on doing what was best for him but we started to forget about ourselves and what we needed. Our other two kids were always put on the back burner becuase we had to get their brother to a doctors appt or therapy appt. When Daniel was about 7 we were introduced to the Starlight Family. OUr first outing was to the circus. We hadn't been in years. We all had a great time and for the first time in a long time we heard all 3 kids laughing and having a good time. We knew that wihout Starlight we would not have made the time. We also didn't have to worry about how to pay for this as they covered everything so that we could attend. We no longer had to make a choice about to go out as a family or pay for extra medications or therapies. Starlight has always stepped in when we needed it the most. When the stress at home from the day to day struggles get to be so much that you just have to shift gears and enjoy each other. The great escapes and day brightners have proivded our family with opportunities that we could not have done without their support. They have become part of our family that we will never forget about.

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I would only wish that there was more funding for this organization so they could reach out to so many more families

June 15, 2010

Daniel was born at 32 ½ weeks. At first with only a 8 day NICU stay we didn’t think much then about what he would be faced with later. When he was in preschool he didn’t communicate and was not social with the other kids. At 5 he was diagnosed with a condition called non-verbal learning disorder and at 7 the MRI showed damage to the right hemisphere indicative of a traumatic brain injury. I was working at our local children’s when I was first approached by great escapes offering a new service in town. As I learned about it I also told them that I had their first client with my own son and I have been a family member since. Each day my son struggles to do what comes naturally to most of us. He doesn’t see himself as different just someone that leans differently and he has always set out to do the best that he can. However, that doesn’t come without being discouraged when he can’t, for being isolated from his peers who don’t understand or when he is pointed to when he acts different. Starlight has become a second family to him as well as all of us. He is free to participate as is without prejudice and he has met other children who share his some struggles. As a family we have met many wonderful families who have been down the same path as we have and only they can understand how sometimes the smallest of steps of access are nothing short that a major triumph in our world. We moved a couple of years ago, and despite leaving friends behind Daniel said is there are starlight group where we were going and I was happy to tell him yes. He was so happy to meet his new family and it was a a familiar atmosphere to him making the move a little easier for him and all of us. The time we spend with our Starlight Family gives us the opportunity to step back and just enjoy each other and see everyone laugh and have a good time. This doesn’t replace the daily challenges that Daniel faces or that we all face with him but for a few hours each month, it assures that we all focus on a fun family time atmosphere. We have been very lucky to participate in a host of events from ice skating, to the circus, to major leagues sporting events and a host of other activities. Raising a child with an life long illness is a major financial and emotional undertaking that without Starlight family we could not either afford to do on our own much less carve out the time to go do it. The Smith Family

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We have been very lucky to participate in a host of events from ice skating, to the circus, to major leagues sporting events and a host of other activities. Raising a child with an life long illness is a major financial and emotional undertaking that without Starlight family we could not either afford to do on our own much less carve out the time to go do it.

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About every month

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2010

June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

We are so thankful for Starlight for all that they do for us with the Great Escapes that we have attended so far.

Without them we may not have as much closeness as a family that we have now. We can come home and talk about what a wonderful time we had together, with work and school we
only have but so much time to spend together so we are very grateful.

From the bottom of our hearts we say THANK YOU!

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Becoming closer with my family

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Hope that everyone that would like to attend an event will be able to, because some times some of the other families are not able to attend at the same time.

June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

Our family received a devastating diagnosis of childhood cancer almost 4 years ago that completely changed our lives. We lost income, freedom and the "normalcy" we once enjoyed as a family. Slowly we began to adjust to our "new normal" that included caring for our young daughter as she fought for her life. We had no energy, nor the means to plan activities or excursions for our family of 5. We learned of Starlight Children's Foundation through a cancer wellness center in our area. Starlight made it possible for us to enjoy family time again...time to reconnect...time to forget about childhood cancer for a while...time to experience new people, new places and new friends. Starlight's Great Escapes and Day Brighteners are aptly named; we have experienced both - a time to escape the realities of childhood cancer and days full of brightness...THANKS Starlight!!

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my own family's life...Starlight gaves us opportunities we would not have otherwise been afforded and we have been very grateful.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to raise more funds to expand the progrm to include more families.

June 21, 2011

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1 previous review
June 16, 2010

I found out about Starlight from a co-worker. When I asked to volunteer, I was welcomed as an asset and provided all the training and support I needed to be as effective and understanding as I could b... more

June 21, 2011

Last year I expounded on my personal most favorite thing about Starlight which was the inclusion of the Starlight Child's siblings and family in events. The events then become a family affair rather than all about the "sick kid". It brings families together to help each other, everyone gets a fun outing and all the children get to share in the fun.

This was never more important than this year when one of our Starlight Children lost her battle with a very aggressive cancer. She made it to our event the previous month, weak but glad to be there. When she passed, her family specifically scheduled her Celebration of Life so it wouldn't conflict with any Starlight events. Starlight had meant so much to them while their daughter was alive and they didn't want to create a tough choice for the other families ie: her service or a Starlight event to help their own kids. That's how important Starlight was to the family. I couldn't say it any better than thru their sacrifice.

Starlight Children's Foundation like so many other non-profits in this tough economy, really needs the support of America to continue to provide the programs that bring something so special to our kids. Joy. We can't live without that can we?

Thank you for your support!

Christy Hertsch

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As a volunteer, I get so much more than I can possible give. The smiles, laughter, bonding, sharing and appreciation of our families!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the funding so we can reach more families who need some special time together.

June 16, 2010

I found out about Starlight from a co-worker. When I asked to volunteer, I was welcomed as an asset and provided all the training and support I needed to be as effective and understanding as I could be. I quickly found that even though I was the volunteer helping our families enjoy a fun outing during very difficult times, I was the one who was receiving the greatest gift. Humility, grace and the joy of service. At an event one of our kids grandfather took me aside and told me that he so appreciated my volunteering time and effort. He was able to be with his grandson while he was laughing, playing, and socializing. Most of the time he was with his grandson during grueling therapy, hospitalizations, difficult doctors appointments and being left behind while his siblings and classmates were able to run and play. His gift was joy and he was grateful to Starlight Children's Foundation for all the fundraising work, volunteers, special events, and FUN! Starlight has made me a better person. Starlight has made me so much more appreciative of life in general. Thank you

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It has made a difference in my whole life. I have made wonderful friends, I have seen how small kindnesses can reach so many hearts, I am grateful, I have had fun and experienced things I probably never would have.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

Hi, my name is Irene meyers I have a 16 year old daughter just last year was diagnosed with crohn's disease i or my family never heard this disease shes been hospitalized 3 times and had 3 colon oscopy a endoscopy 2 times numerous blood work done and this december had to get a endoscopy done a chest x ray blood work ultrasound on her chest because they found she had a infection of her lungs because she was taking steroids for her crohn's wich caused her infection. she also had mono ontop of everything else and a enlarge spllen this all happened at same time in december. we dont get any help threw government we make to much monety how when i'm still paying for previous medical bills from last december well anyway Starlight foundation has helped my family. to forget about our problems and enjoy our time together as a family Thank you the meyers family.

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july were my family is going to have fun and forget about my daughters disease and let her enjoy herself.

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none!

June 20, 2011

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June 20, 2011

Starlight has changed our quality of life. Thanks to Starlight Greatescapes Progam we have had the opportunity to attend wonderful, fun filled local events free of cost! Thank you starlight for all that you do!

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Time and time again starlight plans events for our family to attend free of cost. We have attened Smuckers on Ice, Back to School event, Halloween party with DJ and lunch, just to name a few!

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Provide healthy food choices at events.

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