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Starlight Children's Foundation - Global Office
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

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

Ways to make it better...

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.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I volunteer at every event possible, I serve on the Programs & Resource Committee.

Starlight Children's Foundation - Global Office
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

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I serve on the Resource & Programs Committee, I Volunteer for Monthly Events, I Volunteer at various Fundraising events, and I donate materials for events.