You designed happiness with nearly 1,000 submissions for Starlight’s third annual Design-A-Gown campaign!
With so many colorful and creative designs, the choice wasn't easy, but we're thrilled to announce our three finalists.
Meet the three amazing finalists!
Hannah D, Los Angeles, CA
Hannah was inspired by her own hospital experience as a kid. She was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma when she was only eight years old. Today, she's enjoying life and studying to become a child life specialist so she can help kids and families cope with hospitalization.
"I know from first-hand experience how impactful a small gesture, like a fun hospital gown, may be on a patient and their family during a difficult time," said Hannah. "It's so important to still feel like 'you' while you're in the hospital and expressing yourself with what you wear instead of just being a 'cancer patient.'"
Melissa C, Hebron, CT
Melissa's inspiration behind her design is her 3-year-old daughter, Riley, who has a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Riley loves rainbows, hearts, and everything colorful!
Riley has had countless outpatient hospital visits and has spent over 100 days in the hospital, more than any child should have to experience. Riley and her family are now preparing for a life-saving operation – her third open-heart surgery.
"I designed this gown because I understand how hard it is to see your child sick in the hospital," said Melissa. “You would do anything to see them smile."
Tyler C, Chicago, IL
Tyler was inspired by his 4-year-old sister, Emily, who has Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect. His colorful design includes inspiring words to his sister to always have courage, strength, and hope when he can’t be there to remind her.
“All these words are words I would say to her when she was sick,” said Tyler. “I would say ‘Emily, remember to have courage, strength, and hope. Remember, you are a fighter and survivor. Most of all, remember you are loved.’”
You can make a difference for a seriously ill kid. A $25 gift will provide programs like a Starlight Gown, so donate today.