What is Starlight Children's Foundation?

It’s simple.

Starlight Children’s Foundation delivers happiness to seriously ill kids and their families.

Since 1982, Starlight programs brought smiles to more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill children in the US, Canada, Australia and UK. In the US, Starlight works with over 800 hospitals and medical facilities.

Why do we do what we do?

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.

We work with our over 800 hospital partners to ensure that hospitalized children get to enjoy the magic and wonder of childhood. All of our hospital partners receive Starlight programs for free and their incredible certified child life specialists help implement our programs at each location.

What exactly do we do?

Our programs are focused on creating happiness for children while they are in the hospital. These programs include:

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality transports kids from their hospital bed to out of this world.

Hospital Wear

Hospital Wear provides kids fun, comfy, and colorful hospital gowns that feel more like their favorite t-shirt or pajamas.


Gaming provides entertainment, distraction and a sense of normalcy for hospitalized kids.


Spaces transform pediatric hospital areas into colorful oases that provide an escape for kids and their families.


Deliveries brings millions of dollars’ of donated products from some of the world's most beloved brands to our 800+ hospital and medical facility partners, free of charge.

How can you help?

Deliver happiness with us by donatingfundraising or pledging your birthday! Every $10 you donate impacts 10 seriously ill kids.

Or do you work in a pediatric hospital or medical facility and are interested in becoming Starlight hospital partner?

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