is deeply committed to the belief that all children deserve the chance to be kids – not just pediatric patients, but real kids. We work tirelessly to return hope, joy, and belonging to the lives of critically and chronically ill children – and to the lives of those who love them. Our therapeutic entertainment, education, and family outing programs create a diversion from their daily reality of lengthy doctor appointments, "yucky" tasting medicines, repeated surgeries, painful therapies, nasty side-effects, and countless unplanned – and unwelcomed- visits to the emergency room. We focus on taking away their pain, their fear, and their isolation, so they can all live happier, healthier lives.
But isn’t really about an illness or condition. It’s about living the best life possible with your brothers and sisters, with your parents and friends, with a community of people who believe that being a kid, and having fun, is the best way to get better.
This extended family is and it’s one big giant family affair. We work with more than 600 families in the Chicago area (and many more throughout the rest of Illinois and neighboring Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin). You need only one thing to be a Starlight family—a child who has been diagnosed with a critical or chronic illness or medical condition. With your help, we can bring hope, joy and belonging into the lives of these amazing kids, who are our heroes.