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Starlight Children's Foundation

When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, the day-to-day joys of childhood take a back seat to the rigors of treatment and hospitalization. For nearly 30 years, Starlight Children's Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for children around the globe with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries by providing entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.

Unlike any other charity, Starlight offers a comprehensive menu of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings that enable us to provide ongoing support for children and families - from diagnosis through the entire course of medical treatment. Our programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families with others facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone.

• In Communities:
Starlight hosts family activities and outings that give families a chance to have fun together away from the hospital so they can relax, regroup and return home with a renewed sense of strength and hope. The events also build connections between families struggling with similar issues to combat feelings of isolation.

• In Hospitals:
Starlight partners to bring entertainment technology that helps kids fill hours in hospitals or treatment centers with therapeutic fun; find distraction during long or painful medical procedures; access Starlight's online educational programs and communities; stay connected with the outside world and keep up with school work during extended hospitalizations. Additionally, we also partner to build custom-branded playrooms, kid-friendly treatment rooms and special events that help ease the loneliness, fear and boredom that accompany hospital stays.

• Online:
Starlight delivers educational programming via online interactive games, ezines, webisodes, a comic book and websites to help sick children understand common hospital procedures and manage illnesses and injuries such as cancer, sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, asthma, Crohn's and colitis, severe burns and kidney disease. Research studies have found that Starlight's programs help reduce children's pain while helping them to better deal with, understand and manage their illnesses. In addition, Starlight programs help the child, parents and siblings experience less depression, anxiety, pain and isolation and bond as a family.The way we see it, while researchers look for cures and doctors work to restore a child's health, Starlight works to restore the entire family's spirits.

We invite you to be a part of the growing Starlight network of supporters who are making a difference in the lives of children and families suffering through childhood illness.


Are You Ready To Make An Impact?

Project: IMPACT offers a powerful mix of unique, fun and diverse social engagements blended with numerous opportunities for professional and personal growth, while also offering young professionals the opportunity to experience a new level of networking and have a direct and visible impact on the community.

Our VisionOur vision is to connect, empower and engage young professionals by providing professional and leadership development, volunteer opportunities and unique social engagements in the South Florida Tri County area through Starlight Children's Foundation Florida.

About Project: IMPACT Project: IMPACT welcomes a diverse group of young professionals between the ages of 22 and 44 who are interested in assuming leadership roles, networking, participating in unique social engagements, and being involved with a dynamic group of people who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the seriously ill children and families that Starlight Children's Foundation serves.

All members of Project: IMPACT are invited to volunteer with Starlight at exciting Great EscapesTM family activities for Starlight's seriously ill children and their moms, dads and siblings. Great Escapes are monthly activities that offer Starlight families a chance to enjoy time together outside the medical setting where they can relax, make special memories together and meet other families in similar situations so that they have a network of support. This year's goal is to raise $10,000 to benefit Starlight's Great Escapes program.

If interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with Starlight, contact Mary Ensor, Development Coordinator at mary.ensor@starlight.org or 954-318-2178.