Starlight Children's Foundation
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|US (and independent international locations)|
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 US and other countries. 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.
Starlight Children's Foundation was founded in 1982 by filmmaker Peter Samuelson and actress Emma Samms, who was inspired by her brother's death, at age 8, from aplastic anemia. Steven Spielberg serves as the organization's chairman Emeritus. Starlight's current CEO is Adam Garone.
The first-ever private social network, started in 1995 by filmmaker and chairman Emeritus Steven Spielberg, Peter Samuelson and Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. It served to connect chronically ill teenagers with life-threatening medical conditions, and their siblings, in a safe, online community where they could chat, blog, post content, and meet others who shared similar experiences. Starbright World was taken offline on August 31, 2015.
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