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  1. Virtual Reality

    $10 can provide 10 hours of virtual reality for a seriously ill kid.

    Give $10
  2. Gaming

    $15 can provide an hour of game play to 15 seriously ill kids.

  3. Hospital Wear

    $25 can provide a comfy and colorful gown for a seriously ill kid.

Every 30 seconds a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. 

These kids are scared, lonely, and missing out on all of the things that make being a kid fun.  

That’s where Starlight comes in.  

We deliver happiness to seriously ill children and their families at more than 800 children’s hospitals and health care facilities in the US.  

Our state-of-the-art programs like Starlight Virtual Reality, Starlight Hospital Wear, and Starlight Gaming entertain, distract, and inspire hospitalized kids.  

Since 1982, Starlight has brought smiles to more than 16 million seriously ill children and their families. 

  1. :30
    How often a child is diagnosed with a serious illness or injury
  2. 800+
    The number of hospitals and health care facilities in our nationwide network
  3. 16 million
    How many smiles have been delivered since 1982
  4. $10
    The amount that can deliver happiness to 10 children

Be a shining light for seriously ill kids


Because happy kids heal faster

  1. Happy Birthday to Dave Koz!

    Dave Koz, Starlight ambassador and Grammy-nominated saxophonist, has been delivering happiness to seriously ill kids by supporting Starlight programs. Help us celebrate Dave’s legacy of hope and generosity.

    Celebrate with us
  2. Meet Starlight Heart Warrior Finn

    Starlight Kid Finn, has had more hospital visits than anyone should experience. Read about Finn's story, and how Starlight Hospital Wear has delivered happiness to Finn and his family.

    Meet Finn
  3. Starlight Wins at the Shorty Social Good Awards

    Starlight's Virtual Reality wins Gold at the Shorty Social Good Awards! Find out about how our Virtual Reality program impacts seriously ill children and how hospitals are using the VR program to provide health benefits.

    How Virtual Reality helps
  4. Child Life Program Inspires Grandma to Raise Money for a Starlight Gaming Station

    "I was so overcome with grief and the reality of what was happening to Amanda" Denise recalls of her granddaughter's time in the hospital. After seeing how how additional hospital services helped Amanda, Denise decided to give back, and start fundraising for a Starlight Gaming station.

    How she raised the funds