20 Years of Laughter

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 more than 20 years, Starlight Children's Foundation Quebec has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for children 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. We understand what families go through when a child is sick, and how important it is to find relief from constant worry and isolation. 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. Unlike any other charity, Starlight offers a comprehensive menu of outpatient and hospital-based programs that enable us to provide ongoing support for children and families ? from diagnosis through the entire course of medical treatment. Programs include:

  • Starlight In-Hospital Programs ? From clown shows to activity kits, Fun Centers that roll right up to bedside, toy-filled playrooms and more, Starlight offers a comprehensive menu of in-hospital programs that bring fun, joy and giggles right where they're needed most.
  • Starlight Out-of-Hospital Programs ? Whether it's a movie matinee, boating rides, adapted snowmobiling or a Holiday Party, Starlight's out-of-hospital programs enable families to enjoy all of the excitement, laughs and fun of a family outing when a brief getaway from the hospital is just what the doctor ordered.

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 help them 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.