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, …

Youngest Patients Can Play Nintendo While They Heal

Author: Belinda Hammond, Child Life Connection Founder The youngest patients at Lompoc Valley Medical Center now have a little more to do while they’re healing. Lompoc’s Child Life Connection and Starlight Children’s Foundation collaborated to ensure LVMC was the recipient of a state-of-the-art Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment unit. Powered by the latest WiiU system from Nintendo, the Starlight Fun Center offers online …

Over 6,000 Enter Starlight’s 2018 Design-a-Gown Contest

We received more than 6,000 submissions in our first-ever Design-a-Gown contest! To be exact, we received 6,014 amazing designs from people like YOU. Our Starlight Gown program launched in the fall of 2016 and we’ve already provided more than 145,000 Starlight Gowns to hospitalized children across the United States. We wanted America to design the next Starlight Gown and that’s …

Meet Summer: The Inspiration for our Starlight Gowns

Summer Germann held her brother, Mac’s hand, as he took his last breath. At only 10-years-old, he fought AML & ALL Leukemia with courage and strength for one year until he passed away on November 26, 2002. During that year, 26-year-old Summer was with her brother in the hospital four to five times a week. She quit her job and …

The Force is Strong with Starlight Kids

As 5-year-old Averie was being wheeled away from her parents and into surgery, a nurse talked to her about R2-D2. She forgot about her fears and  the impending surgery, as they chatted about her R2-D2 Starlight Gown. That’s the power of our Starlight Gowns and Star Wars. “The R2-D2 Starlight Gown that Averie had for her surgery honestly made the …

A Green Bay Packer Helps Starlight Create an Unforgettable Day

Three-and-a-half-year-old Odin scored a touch down against a Green Bay Packer. How many kids can say they’ve done that? Standing at 6’4”, linebacker Vince Biegel spent one-on-one time with Odin teaching him to catch a football, signing autographs and “tackling” his new friend. Don’t worry, Vince only pretended to tackle. But, Odin was all giggles that morning and we’d like …