Living a Full Life with Lupus, Art and a Horse Named Latte

High school junior Shawna loves animals. Her favorite activity is riding her American Quarter horse, Latte, and she loves playing with her miniature Australian Shepherd. She hopes to be a veterinarian when she grows up. “She’s very laidback, very introspective and empathetic toward others. Always willing to help,” Nicole, Shawna’s mom said. “She would make a great vet one day.” …

Starlight Xperience Transforms Hospital Stays for Seriously Ill Children through the Magic of Virtual Reality

In reality, 7-year-old Grady is wheelchair-bound, receiving weeks of treatment and physical therapy at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Minnesota. In virtual reality, he explores the streets of London, pointing at the double-decker bus that rolls by, seemingly only a few feet away. “I would sit on the very top level of a double-decker bus,” Grady says. “It feels like …

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 …