Imagine being stuck in the hospital for days, weeks or even months. Now imagine yourself transforming into a Star Wars character as you team up with the Rebellion in a battle against the Empire using the magic of virtual reality. This experience will soon be possible thanks to Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, that harnesses the power of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Lucasfilm’s parent organization, The Walt Disney Company, is a longtime supporter and sponsor of Starlight Children’s Foundation programs and events.

Star Wars: Force for Change, Founding Sponsor of Starlight VR, is providing a generous grant to Starlight that will fund the placement of Starlight VR headsets and equipment in hundreds of hospitals across the US. The grant will also support our core programs including Starlight Star Visits and a new line of Star Wars-themed Starlight Brave Gowns with designs featuring some of the most recognizable characters in the galaxy, including R2-D2, Chewbacca and Darth Vader.

(L-R) Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation; Cheryl Kisob, Disney Corporate Citizenship; Jennifer Zaccaro, Director of Marketing, Lucasfilm; Kaitlyn Marshall, Director of Partnerships, Starlight Children’s Foundation; Megan Crumpacker, Vice President of Marketing, Lucasfilm; Chris de Haan, Vice President, Communications & Public Relations, Starlight Children’s Foundation; Karen Kawanami, Disney Corporate Citizenship.

Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Since 2014, it was inspired by Star Wars fans, and the countless hours they have dedicated to philanthropy over the past four decades. To date, over $16 million has been raised for charitable causes around the world on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change. With a bright future ahead, and new Star Wars stories to be told, Force for Change aims to continue collaborating with causes and encouraging others to be forces for change in their own community. To learn more, please visit ForceForChange.com

This October, Star Wars: Force for Change and Starlight invite you to participate in Star Wars Reads, a month-long celebration of reading

We’re joining millions of Star Wars fans around the world to discover how every page is a journey starting with an event at Children’s Hospital of Orange County on October 5.

Thanks to Star Wars: Force for Change we’re providing 25 children’s hospitals nationwide with a donation of assorted Star Wars books that they can give to children at their hospital or add to their library.

We encourage readers of all ages, and Star Wars interests to host your very own Star Wars event at home or school or at your local library with this printable party kit, complete with party invitations and activities for kids to adults.

Star Wars Reads 2017 Activity Kit