We are proud to offer out-of-hospital Wish programs that give children and their families the opportunity to laugh, play and enjoy time together where illness does not interfere. Whether it’s your wish to go skiing with a group of friend’s of have your ultimate Wish of a lifetime granted; we’re here to help.
Starlight Out-of-Hospital Programs
The journey for a seriously ill child does not end when they are released from the hospital. Through every step of the journey, from diagnosis, ongoing treatments and surgeries to recovery, Starlight is there to support the child and family.
When out-of-hospital, Starlight children benefit from our Day Brightener, Great EscapesTM and Wishes programs — giving them an opportunity to leave the ‘sick’ behind, create special family memories and return home with a renewed sense of strength and hope.
Starlight Day Brighteners
Starlight Day Brighteners allow a seriously ill child to experience a fun outing and to create positive memories away from the hospital, treatments and therapies. These fun experiences include tickets to a concert, sporting event, museum, attractions and more! Children who are part of our Starlight Great EscapesTM program are automatically invited to participate in the Starlight Day Brightener program.
Day Brighteners are extremely helpful to a family that is undergoing treatment as a pick-me-up after a kidney dialysis appointment or much-needed distraction before a stressful check-up. Families often need and deserve a breather from a week jam-packed with medical appointments and sick children welcome the opportunity to focus on something other than their illness.
Starlight Day Brighteners are regularly offered in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. From time to time, we will receive tickets to events in other cities across Canada, and will distribute them to families as they are available.
Starlight Great EscapesTM
Starlight understands what families go through when a child is sick; that is why the Starlight Great EscapesTM program was created. This program provides our Starlight Families with a chance to enjoy fun events together to create priceless memories, relax and then return home with a renewed sense of strength and hope. The variety of activities offered through Starlight Great EscapesTM are endless: movie screenings, harbour cruises, holiday parties, sporting events, picnics and more.
At any of our Starlight Great EscapesTM events, family members are able to meet and bond with others who are facing similar challenges and who can relate to their circumstances. This community- building bolsters spirit and provides a special support system during the most difficult times in a family’s life. Starlight children and families who meet one another at Starlight Great Escape events make lasting connections.
Applying to become a Starlight child is a rather simple process with only ONE step! We kindly ask that you take just 10-15 minutes of your time to help us better understand your child and the rest of your family dynamic by filling out our Starlight Family Survey at the link below.
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Once your survey is submitted, it will be sent on to be considered by the Starlight team. Afterwards, a regional coordinator will contact you with your results!
When a child is seriously ill and the treatment is stressful, tiring and painful, the idea and anticipation of a Starlight Wish can often help to offset this experience. Special moments and happy memories are important parts of being a child, especially for a seriously ill child. The simple act of deciding on a Starlight Wish can empower a child or teen when much of their world is controlled by illness.
A Starlight Wish provides a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience to children between the ages of 4 to 18 years (up until their 19th birthday) who are seriously ill. In this happy place of dreams come true, there are no doctors or social workers, just a little stardust!
For more information on our Starlight Wish program, click here.
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