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Starlight Children's Foundation was founded in 1983 and is a national organization dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear, and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight's entertainment, education and family activity programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone.
Last year, Starlight Children's Foundation Arizona touched the lives of more than 74,000 children and their families stateside.
Starlight offers a broad array of programs that together provide a continuum of support for seriously ill children and their families, from the moment of diagnosis throughout their journeys with serious illness. We offer entertainment programs that boost spirits, reduce the need for pain medication, and provide distraction therapy; educational programs that help sick children understand medical procedures, manage their illnesses and develop coping strategies; technology-based programs that connect isolated, sick youth with their peers and enable them to keep up with their schoolwork; and family events that allow sick children and their families to relax, have fun, and reconnect outside the hospital environment. Cornerstones of Starlight's programming include Fun Centers, Hospital Happenings (both hospital-based);Starbright World, our private and secure on-line community for seriously ill teens and their siblings; and the community-based (outpatient) Great Escapes program (monthly recreational events).
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