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 how our Design-a-Gown contest all started! We never expected the love and outpouring of support you showed us. 

Thank you to the students and teachers who took time out of their school day to help hospitalized kids. A special shout out to McPherson Magnet School in California, Hillview Elementary in New Jersey, Hillsborough Schools in Florida, Field Elementary School in Illinois and so many more.

Pediatric patients themselves designed the next best hospital gown, because who knows better than the ones who actually have to wear the gowns!

Noah designed his #MyStarlightGown while in the hospital at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He was born with a heart defect and says despite all that he’s been through, he is still a lucky kid. That makes sense why his design incorporated a rainbow and a pot of gold. 

Thank you to so many of our Starlight hospital partners for hosting a Design-a-Gown party with your patients.

(Left) Noah and his #MyStarlightGown at Children's National Medical Center. 
(Right) Sophia and her #MyStarlightGown at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.  

Mcpherson Magnet School's Kindergarten Class with their Starlight Gown Designs

Even celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris, the cast of Modern Family and NFL superstar Jurrell Casey got in on the fun. 

Our celebrity supporters helped get the word out about our contest, visited with hospitalized kids and designed gowns themselves.

If Martha Stewart had to wear a hospital gown, it apparently would have gold squirrels on it. We love it! 

Shot Put Gold Medalist Michelle Carter, visited Medical City Children's Hospital. 

Martha Stewart and her nature-inspired Starlight Gown. 

"Weird" Al Yankovic visited UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. 

One of the most rewarding experiences for us was reading the inspiring stories accompanied by beautiful artwork. Many parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and caregivers designed a Starlight Gown for a child in their life. Going through the thousands of submissions, it was extremely difficult to narrow down just three finalists.

Next week voting will begin and you will have the chance to vote on the next 2018 Starlight Gown! In the meantime, you can give a hospitalized child a Starlight Gown by donating just $25 today. 

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Comments 3

  1. just keep up the good work that you do for all children suffering from cancer until there is no more cancer in the world FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER!!!

  2. We are the children of this Earth, we are born, we grow, many times we suffer the unknown but know that love surrounds us. Our medical staff deserves our gratitude in all situations. Thank you for the care and giving.

  3. Children are the love and hope of this world! I have been working at Rady Children’s hospital for 5 years and cannot think of a better place to work at.

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