We deliver happiness because happy kids heal faster
Since 1982, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 16 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.
But innovative and inspiring programs like Starlight Virtual Reality, Starlight Hospital Wear, and Starlight Gaming bring the very best in gaming, play, and other fun experiences to our partner hospitals’ youngest patients. Because regardless of the sophistication of the illness or injury, a sick kid is still a kid.
“Starlight goes above and beyond to meet the needs of kids and families. Each child is left to feel like the center of attention with the use of the programs. They forget they are in a hospital and instead feel catered to and spoiled.”
- Dorinda Hock, Director of Maternal Child Health, Anaheim Global Medical Center
We constantly evaluate our programs on ten criteria to make sure we're delivering as much happiness and healing as possible
Helps children learn and adapt to the hospital setting.
Combats boredom and alleviates anxiety.
Anything that makes the child feel comfortable.
Reduces boredom, frustration, feelings of isolation, and increases social and creative activities.
Helps an unfamiliar, scary place feel safe and even fun by providing activities they’re able to enjoy in their everyday life.
Can decrease anxiety and stress, in turn resulting in less challenging medical procedures.
Anything that helps reduce anxiety and stress.
Used to manage pain and distress associated with medical procedures.
Anything that helps educate the patient about their condition and compliance with medication and care.
Clinicians encourage movement as motivation.