Impact Overview
Starlight's Virtual Reality, Hospital Gowns, and Gaming stations

Our Impact

We deliver happiness because happy kids heal faster

Since 1982, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted 21 million seriously ill or injured children across the US. 

A hospitalized child is scared, confused, and often in hospital for a long period of time. Everything that makes being a kid is out of reach.

Innovative and inspiring programs like Starlight Virtual Reality, Starlight Hospital Wear, and Starlight Gaming bring the very best in technology, play, and other fun experiences to distract and entertain pediatric patients as they navigate the stress and pain that can come along with any illness.

How we deliver happiness to hospitals across the US

  1. Girl Receiving Baby Shark Toy


    Starlight has shipped over $19.3 million in books, toys, games, arts & crafts, and other items that have been distributed to over 2.6 million children.
  2. STEAM Coaching in Hospital


    Providing educational resources to help seriously ill kids continue to grow and learn.
  3. kid gaming in the hospital


    7,500 Starlight Gaming stations have delivered happiness to over 13.4 million children.
  4. Advocate Radio Flyer Hero Wagon

    Hero Wagons

    More than 15,000 of Radio Flyer's iconic red wagons have been delivered to children's hospitals across the US.
  5. Starlight Gown Program

    Hospital Wear

    Over 434,500 Starlight Gowns have been distributed to seriously ill children.
  6. program-teaser-spaces


    Over 100 Starlight Spaces have transformed the hospital experience for more than 3.3 million children.
  7. Boy Using Starlight VR Headset

    Virtual Reality

    Over 1,800 Starlight Virtual Reality headsets have transformed the hospital experience for more than 999,000 children.
The Need
60 seconds

How often a child is in need of medical care

Just $10 delivers happiness to 10 seriously ill children


Find out how Starlight's programs, like Virtual Reality, Gaming, and Hospital Wear, make an impact.

Measuring Program Impact

We believe that happiness and healing work together to provide the best outcome for pediatric patients, which is why we evaluate our programs on 10 criteria, including the following:

  1. Play


    Engages children through activities to help them learn, grow, and express themselves in an unfamiliar environment

  2. Procedural Support Illustration

    Procedural Support

    Helps reduce stress and anxiety, resulting in greater compliance and less challenging medical procedures

  3. Pain Management Illustration

    Pain Management

    Helps to prevent, reduce, or stop pain sensations associated with medical procedures

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