We deliver happiness because happy kids heal faster
Since 1982, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 17 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 gaming, play, and other fun experiences to our partner hospitals’ youngest patients. Regardless of the sophistication of the illness or injury, a sick kid is still a kid.
Find out how Starlight's programs, like Virtual Reality, Gaming, and Hospital Wear, make an impact.
Our generous supporters have made an incredible impact on hospitalized kids and their families so far this year and there is still time to show your support.
Deliveries to bring moments of happiness
Patients used Virtual Reality during stressful procedures
Patients enjoyed hours of gameplay and comfort
Colorful Starlight Gowns to brighten patients’ days
Every dollar helps us deliver happiness to hospitalized kids across the country! Your support impacts patients like Henry at Erlanger Children’s Hospital in Tennessee, who continues to use Starlight Gaming and Hospital Gowns during his treatments and check-ups.
“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 10 criteria to make sure we're delivering as much happiness and healing as possible
Engages children through activities to help them learn, grow, and express themselves in an unfamiliar environment
Provides children relief and distraction from stressful situations with enjoyable, amusing, educational, and stimulating content
Offers physical, mental, or emotional relief to help alleviate feelings of distress and anxiety
Provides a sense of community and belonging while reducing boredom and isolation
Provides activities kids enjoy in their everyday life to help make an unfamiliar, scary place feel safe and even fun
Helps reduce stress and anxiety, resulting in greater compliance and less challenging medical procedures
Provides an outlet for children’s emotions to help ease fear and anxiety around treatments, stressors, and grief
Helps to prevent, reduce, or stop pain sensations associated with medical procedures
Helps educate children on their diagnosis, procedures, or medication in a fun and developmentally appropriate way to ease fears and anxiety
Supports a planned program of activities often prescribed by physicians to help improve a child’s movement or manage their pain
Our one-pager provides quick and easy to read infographics about each Starlight Program