The Shining Stars Foundation (COLORADO) meets needs not addressed by medical treatments, mainly the devastating emotional, social, and psychological toll that cancer takes on the entire family. We bring hope by providing year-round services which are unique recreational and social activities, including: adaptive skiing/snowboarding, outdoor education, adventure sports, music, cultural and community events, animal- based therapy, and more. Services are delivered through overnight, week-long programs and single day events.
A majority of programs accommodate the entire family, with a few programs tailored specifically to the child. The Shining Stars Foundation is currently the only nonprofit in Colorado and one of few nationally providing long-term, year-round care for children and their families through recreational programming at any stage in their cancer battle, including treatment, relapse, or remission. We continue to be groundbreaking in our ability to safely adapt a diverse range of outdoor adventures to meet the needs of children with a life-threatening disease.
We serve children, ages 6-18, living with pediatric cancer or another life-threatening disease and their entire family, including siblings, parents, grandparents, etc. A special focus is placed on children living with a physical or mental disability as a result of their treatment and/or disease. We serve families referred to us by hospitals, pediatric oncologists and other medical professionals from Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Virginia. In addition, we serve individual children from other states that are recommended to us.
Awards & Recognitions
For 2010, 2011, and 2012 the Better Business Bureau has awarded the “Achievement for Excellence in the Non-Profit Category” to Shining Stars Foundation as 95 cents of every dollar is spent directly on programs for the children.
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You can find more information about this organization at SHININGSTARSFOUNDATION.ORG
HOW THE MONEY WILL BE USED
In 2016, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award was for $12,500.
The 2015 TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $15,000 will be used for expenses related to hosting the 2016 Aspen Winter Games – the largest & most intensive program offered to the children for which 85% are on active treatment for their cancer. The Winter Games is an 8-day adaptive ski and snowboard recreation program drawing 200 participants with emphasis on empowering each child & giving them a sense of hope while creating new friendships.
In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $15,000 was used for expenses related to hosting the 2015 Aspen Winter Games.