Thousands of Miles on a Bike Named Blossom: One Man’s Journey Across the U.S. for Hospitalized Kids

Can you imagine biking across the United States, alone? You can’t? Well, we can’t either. But that’s exactly what Alan Swinhoe did. For ten weeks, this very passionate cyclist and Starlight supporter rode cross country to raise awareness and funds for Starlight! Here’s the backstory: 55-year-old Alan is in the best shape of his life. He’s retired, has one daughter …

Art Brings Healing and Understanding to Young Artist, Recognized by Michaels Stores

“The news was devastating at first, but we got through it with Sarah’s smile,” Valentino, Sarah’s father said. “Honestly, she smiled through everything.” Sixteen-year-old Sarah was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2018. She immediately began an aggressive form of chemotherapy at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge in Illinois. Treatment kept her in the hospital for two to …

“Cool” Starlight Gowns Change the Game for Kids at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital

“Coming in for surgery, whether it’s your first or tenth surgery, you’re scared. These Starlight Gowns are what make it better.” Kelsey Davis is a Certified Child Life Specialist in the Pediatric Pre-op department at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital. She visits with kids before surgery to educate and relieve anxiety and stress. One of the ways she does that is by …

Starlight Gowns are as Comfortable as Pajamas

Five-year-old Andrew sits up on his hospital bed wearing a Chewbacca Starlight Gown and a grin that spans ear to ear. With that large of a smile, you wouldn’t think that Andrew is going to the hospital every month for chemotherapy. “He’s thriving and showing cancer that he’s strong and nothing will stop him,” Brenda, Andrew’s mom, said. Last year, …