Whether it’s a trip to the zoo or an action-packed sporting event, Starlight’s families enjoy all of the excitement, laughs and fun of a getaway from the hospital and being sick – just what the doctor ordered.
Starlight Out-of-Hospital Programming
Starlight understands what families go through when a child is sick, that is why the Starlight Out-Hospital program was created!
The Great Escapes 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 Escapes is endless: movie screenings, harbour cruises, holiday parties, sporting events, picnics and more. Our Day Brightener program allows 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! Starlight Day Brighteners bring an unexpected treat of FUN!
At any of our Starlight 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 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.
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 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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