Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized children and their families.


Every 30 seconds, a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. These children are often scared, confused, lonely and facing serious medical treatments. That’s where Starlight comes in.

Starlight programs turn a hospitalized child’s pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy by providing them with the best in entertainment, education and one-of-a-kind experiences — because sick kids are still kids.

We believe all children deserve to enjoy the magic, wonder and happiness of childhood, and we’re committed to providing Starlight programs to every seriously ill child in our network of more than 800 children’s hospitals and community health partners across the US.


For 35 years, Starlight has brought smiles to more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill children in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Every 30 seconds a child is diagnosed with a serious illness or injury

Starlight services kids and families at 800+ hospitals and facilities in the US

Starlight has brought smiles to over 60 million kids and families since 1982

Your $25 donation creates moments of joy and comfort for a hospitalized child