Design a Gown

We’ve counted up all of the votes for the third annual Design-A-Gown campaign. Meet our winner!

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And the winning design is...

Tyler Cepkauskas!

Tyler, age 6, was inspired by his little sister, Emily, who has Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect. He designed his colorful gown with the words that he uses to uplift her whenever she was in the hospital.

"All these words are words I would say to her when she was sick," Tyler continued. "I would say, 'Emily, remember to have courage, strength, and hope. Remember you are a fighter and a survivor and most of all, remember you are loved.'"

Tyler and his sister Emily
Tyler holding his gown design
Tyler and his sister Emily

Read more about Tyler’s story and how his hospital gown design will be made

Tyler's story

Thank you to all that participated in designing and voting! Your participation helps seriously ill kids across the country. Fill out our quick Design-A-Gown survey to give any feedback on this campaign.

You can help hospitalized kids access critically needed supplies, like Starlight Gowns, in impacted communities and across the country. 

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Meet all of the 2020 Design-A-Gown Finalists

  1. Meet Hannah

    Learn how her personal experience inspired her design.

    Hannah's story
  2. Meet Melissa

    Learn how her daughter’s congenital heart defect inspired her design. 

    Melissa's story
  3. Meet Tyler

    Learn how he created a gown with empowering words for his little sister.

    Tyler's story
  4. The Design-A-Gown Finalists

    Meet our finalists and the inspiration behind their designs. 

    Read their stories

Check out some of our other favorite submissions!

Hospital gown with a ballerina
Hospital gown with corgis all over
Hospital gown with donuts and sprinkles
Hospital gown with a space and stars
Hospital gown with a circle of friends surrounding the earth

About the campaign

Design-A-Gown is a nationwide campaign, hosted by Starlight Children’s Foundation, that invites people to design and vote on the next Starlight Gown. Starlight Hospital Wear replaces traditional hospital gowns with ones that are innovative, comfortable, and brightly colored. Learn more about Starlight Hospital Wear, and how they make a difference in the lives of seriously ill kids

During this unprecedented time, you can help provide critically needed supplies, like Starlight Gowns, to impacted hospitals. 

 A $25 donation could provide a comfy and colorful gown for a hospitalized kid 

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What makes you happy?

The 2020 Design-A-Gown contest asks people to create a design for a Starlight Gown with a simple question in mind–what makes you happy? At Starlight, we know that happy kids heal faster. It’s why it’s at the core of all our programs.

Imagine the thing that sparks joy in your life also bringing joy to hospitalized kids! It’s a powerful ripple effect with endless opportunities. Your love of unicorns or sunrises or pizza can be used to help deliver happiness to thousands of hospitalized kids who could use a little “happy” in their lives.

For official rules, click here.