Child Life Program Inspires Grandma to Raise Money for a Starlight Fun Center

Denise DiCostanzo paced the hallways of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in New York, overwhelmed by her granddaughter’s diagnosis. Twelve-year-old Amanda was battling E. coli Shiga toxin as well as hemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS, which is a condition that affects the blood and vessels. Amanda experienced severe pain, blood tests and transfusions for 16 consecutive days.   “Although I think of myself as …

Sara hiking at Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa.

Newest Team Member Brings Child Life Expertise to Starlight Programs  

Starlight’s newest team member, Sara Mathews, brings a new perspective – one that many Starlight families can relate to. She was born with a congenital heart defect. She’s endured seven major surgeries, the first one at just two weeks old. She’s had long hospital stays, hundreds of doctor visits and she knows what it’s like to live with a chronic …