Starbright World® Online Community

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What is Starbright World?

The first-ever online social network for teens with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions, and their siblings. Members are able to connect globally with others experiencing similar medical journeys. Powered by Starlight Children’s Foundation, all content in Starbright World is moderated by trained adults at all times.

What kind of health conditions qualify?

Medical conditions that require frequent hospital stays, ongoing procedures, or long-term treatments qualify for Starbright World membership. Examples include: cancer, colitis, cystic fibrosis, mitochondrial disease, kidney disease, autoimmune disorders, cerebral palsy, and burn injuries. 

If you have a question about whether you or your teen qualifies for Starbright World membership, email us at sbw@starlight.org.

Why join Starbright World?

Being a teen is universally overwhelming without the added stress of serious illness. Experiencing frequent hospitalizations and procedures can cause feelings of exclusion from "normal" teen social activities and school events.

Not all aspects of healing are solely medical. Starbright World's tight-knit community of teens facing chronic illness provides exceptional peer support. Through Starbright World, teens can express themselves, develop communication skills, find encouragement, talk about their fears, process their feelings, and connect with other teens who are going through similar experiences.

Most important, it is a safe, moderated environment for making friends, hanging out, and having fun.

Join Starbright World today!