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Delivering a sense of normalcy, entertainment, and distraction

Starlight Gaming delivers happiness to seriously ill children by providing them a sense of normalcy and distraction from the stress and anxiety that often comes with being a child in a hospital. Each Starlight Gaming Station comes pre-loaded with Nintendo video games and streaming platforms for hours of entertainment, but also gives each child a way to connect with friends and siblings during their hospital stay.

For 30 years, Starlight's Gaming Stations have been specially manufactured to meet strict infection safety protocols and roll anywhere in the hospital - and now, they have gotten even more portable with the latest iteration, the Starlight Nintendo Switch Handheld.

“The Starlight gaming stations are an incredible and unique tool that helps turn a sick or injured child’s pain, fear and stress into smiles and, we are thrilled and thankful to Starlight Children’s Foundation for this generous gift.”

– Dr. Anthony Scaduto, Orthopedic Institute for Children

Our Impact
13.4 million

Smiles delivered via Starlight Gaming since 1992

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Starlight Impact Story

Starlight Kid Chris was born with special needs and development delays. 17 years later, Chris needed orthopedic surgery to repair his scoliosis. During his stay at Shriners Hospital for Children - Portland, he loved getting to play on the new Starlight Nintendo Switch Handheld and allowed his love for video games to remain a part of his life - even while he was in the hospital.

Chris Shriners Hospital for Children
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Starlight Gaming's Impact

  1. Normalization


    Playing video games provides structure, familiarity, and security during hospitalization

  2. Emotional Support Illustration

    Emotional Support

    Video games redirect a child’s focus, resulting in reduced anxiety and improved mood

  3. Pain Management

    Pain Management

    Engaging with games that require user participation leads to less perception of pain at the central brain level

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