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Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Starlight Children's Foundation partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world.

Target demographics: improve the life and health of kids and families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: millions of children and their families

Geographic areas served: the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Israel

Programs: Starbright World® online community (SBW) - The first-ever social network for teens with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions, and their siblings. Members connect globally with others experiencing similar medical journeys to create a vibrant, supportive community. Starlight Wish Lists - The world’s first technology platform of its kind links donors to healthcare facilities to fund unmet needs and improve pediatric care. Hospitals, clinics and hospices publish their Wish Lists on starlight.org and donors grant wishes for their facility of choice. Starlight Fun Center® mobile entertainment units - Equipped with the latest gaming system that rolls bedside in hospitals, Fun Center units provide distractive entertainment and the healing power of play to pediatric patients. Starlight Tablets - A critical resource for healthcare professionals to support the ongoing needs of kids while in the hospital, Starlight Tablets connect directly to the Starbright World community.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Connecting with nature helps children heal. Whether they are learning to cope with a catastrophic injury or a life-changing diagnosis, medically-supervised camp experiences support and empower kids and teens as they gain independence and self-confidence and develop social/emotional, communication, and leadership skills. Specialty programs include those for burn survivors; children who require respiratory assistance; and children living with craniofacial abnormalities, cancer, kidney and liver disease, and other diagnoses. Help bring the joy of camp to kids in your community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You have the power to stimulate creativity and help kids in your community heal. Art, music, and pet therapy can transform a child’s healing journey and improve health outcomes. Specialized therapists play an important role in a patient’s overall treatment plan, reducing pain and anxiety; improving motor skills and speech and language; enhancing self-esteem and confidence; encouraging self-expression; preparing patients for procedures; and teaching coping strategies that can help children recover from trauma, both emotionally and physically.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Because of the need for specialized treatments and equipment, caring for a pediatric patient can cost four times as much as caring for an adult with the same ailment. This creates a tremendous burden for the communities that financially and emotionally support these children and their families.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Kansas City Royals and New York Mets teamed up with Major League Baseball and Starlight Children’s Foundation during the 2015 World Series to support kids and families in local communities. The teams and the league donated two Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment units to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York. Former team members and MLB executives joined with Starlight and hospital staff to unveil the new units to the delight of pediatric patients at each facility.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I think that Starlight has a very good idea and foundation. They are trying to bring teens with chronic illnesses together --like me-- they gave us a chat room and a "pulse" (looks a little like Facebook.) and it was the first time in all my life that I had friends that understood me and what I'm going though. It was the first time I've ever met someone with my medical condition.
Starlight decided to take that all away from us. They notified us that Starbright world was closing. The pulse and the chat room, our connections and support systems. They told us all but three or four days before the website was to go dark. We scrambled to get each others face books and phone numbers. But there was nothing like Starbright world. It was my safe space to vent and be scared about hospital stays and health tests.
Starlight took that away, with no notice, took it away with no consideration about what it was going to do to the community they were pulling apart.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Starlight Children's Foundation is the epitome of a "mission driven" organization. Each employee whom I have interfaced with has shown how passionate they are to "improve the life and health of kids and families around the world". The campaigns they run, the partnerships they foster and the inspiring messages they share have created this community that pulls you in whether you are a patient, a family member or just a member of the general public. They raise awareness and it inspires you to help. My organization participated in the Play in May event and you could see the surge of light that the Starlight team gave our employees by making them feel they could be a part of this mission. They are energetic, inclusive, supportive and hands down our favorite non-profit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Starlight is a breath of fresh air- it heartwarming to see an organization who truly cares. Their work is inspiring and they are literally changing lives, one child at a time. The compassion and dedication they show to these children and their families is commendable. It is comforting to know that organizations such as theirs still exist. Great job Starlight, keep up the exceptional work!

1 Christina90

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Starlight has shown to be an exceptional organization with every interaction that I have... the staff is passionate, the dedication to the mission is evident and the work they do is inspirational. When I look at the nonprofit's I support, Starlight is my favorite:-)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Starlight has been a great supporter of kids and families for many years. The great work they do is an inspiration to us all and I hope that they are here for many years to come. Keep up the great work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ever since I became acquainted with Starlight, I've been touched by their mission and impressed by their focus to help kids as they navigate through difficult and often scary times. The Starlight staff and volunteers have been nothing but wonderful in their pursuit of this admirable goal.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first lurned about sbw when thay was linked with Livewire sbw has been there to help me in the toughest time off need thay are allway there to listen to you and us and. Always give us helpfull tips

Habiba K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

when i was diagnosed with crohns at age 12 no one in my family understood, i was led to starbright world through the uc and crohns teens website when i turned 13 , i love chatting to everyone and i have like 9 friends with ibd , i love going on and chatting with the hosts , i spread the word of my project to raise awareness of ibd through sbw and everyone helped , especially host rasarella

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Starlight Children's Foundation for over five years. During this time I have been positively impacted in a way that has forever changed my life. Without Starlight I don't think I would be the positive, compassionate and bubbly person I am today. Starlight brings out the best in people who have "bad" circumstances by showing them that they are never alone. I know others, like myself, will definitely support Starlight in changing the world, one person at a time; as I hope you will too!

Kimberly32

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Starlight Foundation has done wonders for my Daughter Kyleigh, the excitement in her eyes when i tell her about an event is wonderful. The children have a blast with everything Starlight has done for them, and the staff is AMAZING!!!! THANK YOU STARLIGHT!!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Starlight for all the wonderful moments you have brought to our family during our difficult times. We are very thankful to be part of such a wonderful program that cares about others. May you continue to brighten many childrens lives...Marquez Family!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was SO HAPPY to find Starlight when I did! I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and no one could understand what I was going thru at all. I was totally depressed and felt miserable all the time. Most of my friends at school were nice to me but totally didn't get it and some of them even thought I was contagious and wouldn't even talk to me anymore (crohns is NOT contagious) . When I found Starbright World (a website run by Starlight for high school aged kids ) i was able to meet other people who were sick like me. I made friends the FIRST DAY I logged into the chat room and felt like EVERYONE got me right away. I feel like this is my second home and even tho I have not met my SBW friends in person, I feel closer to them than some of my in person friends. I dont know what I would do without it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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!