For the past 40 years, Starlight has focused on fulfilling our mission – delivering happiness to seriously ill kids and their families. This would not have been possible without support from hospitals, donors, communities, and more.
We are so excited to award an individual who is a part of our streaming community with Content Creator of the Year, DGR_Dave. As a Nintendo-focused creator who loves Super Mario Maker 2, Dave understands the magic of gaming and the potential it has to help seriously ill kids through their toughest moments.
Last year, Dave joined Starlight’s 12 Days of Streaming campaign to deliver holiday cheer to hospitalized kids across the US. Dave blew his $30,000 goal for the month out of the water on the very first day of his campaign. By December 24, he had raised over $80,000 – making him the largest individual fundraiser Stream For Starlight has ever seen!
DGR_Dave celebrates reaching his goal on the first day of the 12-day campaign. He and his community go on to more than double the original goal of $30,000.
This wasn’t Dave’s first experience with Starlight. Years ago, his wife and high school sweetheart needed surgery at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania. Before her surgery, she and Dave used Starlight Gaming to relax.
"While we were there, Starlight was actually there, when we were waiting for her appointments, and waiting [for] pre-surgery and after surgery. Starlight actually had some video game stands they would bring to the room and we were able to play and...it took my mind off of it, and I know it...took my wife's mind off of it for a little bit," said Dave.
We are so thankful for streamers, like Dave, that dedicate hours of their time to raising funds for Starlight and the pediatric patients we serve. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to deliver happiness.