Starlight Children's Foundation

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Starlight Children's Foundation
Formation1982; 41 years ago (1982)
TypeNon-profit organization
PurposeChildren's charity
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Region served
US (and independent international locations)
Adam Garone

Starlight Children's Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1982. Starlight's programs include providing hospital wear, games, and deliveries to hospitalized children. The programs are provided directly to children through Starlight's network of more than 700 children's hospitals and other community health partners throughout the world. Starlight's US operations are based in Los Angeles, California. Starlight also operates in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and possibly other countries, though their websites are unclear about their global operations.


The non-profit's programs aim to deliver happiness to seriously ill kids[1] and include specially manufactured Starlight Nintendo Gaming Stations for hospital use,[2] Disney Princess-themed hospital wear,[3] and Starlight Radio Flyer Hero Wagons with an IV pole attachment.[4] Real-life superhero Captain Starlight also entertains sick and ill kids in hospitals as well.


Starlight Children's Foundation was founded in 1982 by filmmaker Peter Samuelson and actress Emma Samms, who was inspired by her 8-year-old brother's death from aplastic anemia.[5] Steven Spielberg serves as the organization's chairman Emeritus.[6] Starlight's current CEO is Adam Garone.[7]

Starbright World[edit]

Starbright World was the first-ever private social network, started in 1995 by filmmaker and chairman Emeritus Steven Spielberg, Peter Samuelson and Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.[8] It served to connect chronically ill teenagers with life-threatening medical conditions, and their siblings,[9][10] in a safe, online community where they could chat, blog, post content, and meet others who shared similar experiences.[11] Starbright World was taken offline on August 31, 2015.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Our Impact". Retrieved March 21, 2022.
  2. ^ Kaur, Harmeet (January 2, 2021). "Nintendo is partnering with a nonprofit to bring gaming consoles to hospitalized kids". CNN. Retrieved March 21, 2022.
  3. ^ Veness, Susan and Simon (May 6, 2021). "Walt Disney Company unveils new Disney Princess-themed hospital gowns". Attractions Magazine. Retrieved March 21, 2022.
  4. ^ Hall, Hannah (February 3, 2022). "How Radio Flyer Redesigned Its Iconic Wagons for an Unlikely Setting: Hospitals". Inc. Retrieved March 21, 2022.
  5. ^ "Dynasty's Emma Samms: My brother's death made me start Starlight Foundation" Metro UK. May 29, 2013.
  6. ^ "Starlight Children's Foundation | CP Family Network". 13 January 2013. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  7. ^ "Movember CEO Takes Top Job at Starlight Children's Foundation (Transitions)". The Chronicle of Philanthropy. 2019-05-17. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  8. ^ “Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte To Be Honored By Starlight Children's Foundation” Look to the Stars: The World of Celebrity Giving. July 2, 2014.
  9. ^ "Georgetown Men's Basketball Helps Starlight Children's Foundation Grant Wish" Hoya Athletics. June 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "Social Network Connects Kids, Teens With Special Needs" CBS Los Angeles. October 19, 2012.
  11. ^ "Live to Give" Vancouver Canucks News. November 20, 2009.

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