Living a Full Life with Lupus, Art and a Horse Named Latte

High school junior Shawna loves animals. Her favorite activity is riding her American Quarter horse, Latte, and she loves playing with her miniature Australian Shepherd. She hopes to be a veterinarian when she grows up. “She’s very laidback, very introspective and empathetic toward others. Always willing to help,” Nicole, Shawna’s mom said. “She would make a great vet one day.” …

Starlight Xperience Transforms Hospital Stays for Seriously Ill Children through the Magic of Virtual Reality

In reality, 7-year-old Grady is wheelchair-bound, receiving weeks of treatment and physical therapy at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Minnesota. In virtual reality, he explores the streets of London, pointing at the double-decker bus that rolls by, seemingly only a few feet away. “I would sit on the very top level of a double-decker bus,” Grady says. “It feels like …

Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Walt Disney Company and Google Unveil ‘Starlight Xperience,’ an Innovative New Virtual Reality Program Designed to Transform the Hospital Experience for Children

 Founding Sponsor, Star Wars: Force for Change, Collaborates on New Technology Program Using Virtual Reality SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (October 11, 2018) – Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization whose mission is to create moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families, unveiled today its newest initiative, Starlight Xperience virtual reality, a groundbreaking new technology program that offers …

MLB and Clubs to Wear “Gold” On September 1st to Promote the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

League-Wide “Childhood Cancer Awareness Day” will Feature a Variety of On-Field Elements, Including Pregame Ceremonies, First Pitches & Hospital Visits MLB Players, Coaches & Umpires will Wear Gold Ribbon Decals and Wristbands LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 30, 2018) – Major League Baseball today announced that for the third consecutive year MLB Clubs will dedicate a special “Childhood Cancer Awareness Day” …

Starlight Children’s Foundation Teams Up With The Tennessee Titan Jurrell Casey and The Casey Fund to Create and Deliver a New ‘Unstoppable’ Starlight Gown to Hospitalized Kids

The new Starlight All-Star will donate $999 for every sack recorded this season.  LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 23, 2018) – Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized children and their families, announced today that Tennessee Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey is officially joining their team of All-Star supporters. As a new Starlight …

The Joy in Childhood Foundation® Announces Nine New Starlight Sites in Children’s Hospitals Nationwide

Children’s hospitals in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and cities across the country will receive transformed hospital rooms that will bring joy to pediatric patients Canton, Mass. (August 16, 2018) – The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced the additional nine Starlight Sites it will create in children’s hospitals across the …

Thousands of Miles on a Bike Named Blossom: One Man’s Journey Across the U.S. for Hospitalized Kids

Can you imagine biking across the United States, alone? You can’t? Well, we can’t either. But that’s exactly what Alan Swinhoe did. For ten weeks, this very passionate cyclist and Starlight supporter rode cross country to raise awareness and funds for Starlight! Here’s the backstory: 55-year-old Alan is in the best shape of his life. He’s retired, has one daughter …

Art Brings Healing and Understanding to Young Artist, Recognized by Michaels Stores

“The news was devastating at first, but we got through it with Sarah’s smile,” Valentino, Sarah’s father said. “Honestly, she smiled through everything.” Sixteen-year-old Sarah was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2018. She immediately began an aggressive form of chemotherapy at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge in Illinois. Treatment kept her in the hospital for two to …