Delivering happiness because happy kids heal faster
Since 1982, Starlight’s programs positively impact over 2.4 million hospitalized kids each year across the US.
A hospitalized child is scared, lonely, 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 Gowns, 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 hospitalized kids
Gaming7,500 Starlight Gaming stations have delivered happiness to over 13.4 million children.
Hero WagonsMore than 15,000 of Radio Flyer's iconic red wagons have been delivered to children's hospitals across the US.
Hospital GownsOver 434,500 Starlight Gowns have been distributed to seriously ill children.
Toy DeliveriesStarlight 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.
Virtual RealityOver 1,800 Starlight Virtual Reality headsets have transformed the hospital experience for more than 999,000 children.
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:
Engages children through activities to help them learn, grow, and express themselves in an unfamiliar environment
Helps reduce stress and anxiety, resulting in greater compliance and less challenging medical procedures
Helps to prevent, reduce, or stop pain sensations associated with medical procedures