Starlight Children’s Foundation® Canada has been dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families for over 30 years. Focusing on the family as a whole, our mission is to bring joy, laughter, relief and a whole lot of smiles. Our large variety of in-hospital and outpatient programs help bring back some strength, hope and lost childhood by being that reliable and shining star in a dark and stormy sky.
What makes Starlight unique is that we are there for the entire journey — from hospital to home.
While in-hospital, Starlight gives kids a much-needed distraction from the stress and boredom of hospitalization. From toys to the latest technology to full-blown parties, we replace that fear and loneliness with fun and excitement! While out-of-hospital, we’re granting wishes of all sizes with our Day Brightener Wishes, Great Escapes® Wishes and Once In A Lifetime Wishes programs to make sure Starlight families always have a reason to believe in magic.
No one wants to be in the hospital, but it’s even harder when you’re a kid who just wants to have fun. Each day, week and month spent in the hospital means more missed school days, play dates and care-free childhood experiences. While doctors and nurses focus on treatments, Starlight is here to make sure hospitalized kids have the chance to be just that – a kid.
With a variety of in-hospital programs, Starlight offers distraction, relief and fun for sick kids who may be nervously awaiting needles or feeling lonely in their room. From activity kits and interactive gaming stations to toy-filled playrooms, we bring the sparkle and smiles to the hospital to help support every kid through their stay!
Starlight Comfort Kits
We understand that hospital visits are hard on everyone. Designed for babies to teens to parents, our Starlight Comfort Kits offer comfort, distraction and entertainment for the whole family and bring a little bit of softness to a stressful situation.
Since many seriously ill kids cannot share toys in-hospital due to infection control, Starlight Comfort Kits are especially important to keep spirits high and ease social interactions with hospital staff. Sometimes a smile can be the best medicine of all!
Starlight Fun Center®
With the rise in technology over the past few years, it only makes sense that we keep up with the trends. The Starlight Fun Center® is a mobile entertainment unit featuring a flat screen television and a Nintendo Wii U gaming system preloaded with a wide variety of games for every kid, which can be updated annually to stay up to date with what’s popular. Internet ready, these units allow kids in the hospital to stay in touch with their friends and family and give them a bit of normal down time to watch their favourite movies, check their social media and much more!
Starlight Hospital Happenings
Starlight works with children’s hospitals across Canada to bring the party to the kids – without having to even leave the hospital! From decorations to special games and crafts, Starlight’s got it covered and is making the hospital stay a little easier. We plan the whole event, allowing the hospital staff to keep focused on their jobs while, for a few days before and after the party, they’re looking after some very excited sick kids!
Just because a seriously ill child leaves the hospital, it doesn’t mean that the battle is over. For sick kids who are on a long path to recovery, for kids who will forever live their condition, and for kids who are fighting against the clock, we’re making wishes come true to give these warriors a break from battle.
Starlight’s out-of-hospital wish programs grant wishes of all sizes to give seriously ill children and their families a reason to smile and special memories to hold on to. Whether they are wishing for a simple night out with a loved one, or dreaming big with an ultimate wish of a lifetime, Starlight creates magic where kids can shine even when sick.
Starlight Day Brightener Wishes
Starlight Day Brightener Wishes do exactly what you think they would – they brighten a sick kid’s day (or evening)! Sometimes all a child wishes for in a given moment is a break from the hospitals, treatments and therapies. Whether it’s cheering at a sports game, jamming along at a concert, learning at a museum or much more, a Day Brightener Wish helps Starlight families unwind for a few hours and have some fun! Easy to fit around hospital schedules, these exciting outings are the perfect pick-me-ups.
Starlight Great Escapes® Wishes
It’s easy for a child to feel left out of the fun when their illness leads to missed school days, play dates and friendships. Starlight Great Escapes® Wishes bring families together to help make up for some lost time by creating fun-filled events for new memories and new friendships. These events include movie screenings, harbour cruises, holiday parties, sporting events, picnics and more! After a day spent with people who all truly understand one another, Starlight kids are sure to go home with a renewed sense of strength and hope – and even some new friends!
Starlight Once In A Lifetime Wishes
Starlight Once In A Lifetime Wishes are often the brightest stars in an otherwise dark sky for children growing up with a serious illness. This program gives sick kids the chance to dream big and make a wish of their own – an empowering moment for a child or teen who has had so much of their life controlled by illness. Starlight takes these dreams and makes them a reality.
Your support makes our Starlight programs possible - help us reach the thousands of children in Canada who live with serious illness.
To learn more please visit: starlightcanada.org