You might know our Starlight Heart Warrior, Emily, from Homer Glen, Illinois. She has down syndrome and a congenital heart defect. Emily loves our Starlight Gowns, and her family knows how important it is for her to be comfortable during long hospital stays, especially her sweet older brother, Tyler.
For Starlight's 2020 Design-A-Gown campaign, Tyler designed a special and colorful gown with inspirational and heartfelt words like 'courage,' 'love' and 'strength.' When asked about what inspired his design, Tyler said, "My little sister Emily."
Tyler and Emily have a precious, unbreakable bond that is so moving. They want to provide comfort to one another and make each other happy.
"All these words are words I would say to her when she was sick," Tyler continued. "I would say, 'Emily, remember to have courage, strength, and hope. Remember you are a fighter and a survivor and most of all, remember you are loved.'"
Wanting to always be there for his little sister, he explained why he included those words. "I thought if it were on her hospital gown, she would always remember, even when her big brother was not there."
Tyler is one of three finalist designs that could become the next Starlight Gown, which would be distributed to hospitalized kids across the United States!