Soon the Force will be with thousands of hospitalized children in the U.S.
with new hospital gowns being introduced by the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Star Wars: Force for Change.
More than 65,000 new Star Wars-themed Starlight Brave Gowns will be give to children at hospitals and healthcare facilities across the U.S. to replace traditional children’s hospital gowns with high-quality, according to Starlight Children’s Foundation.
For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK, according to the organization.
The new line of Starlight Brave Gowns are part of the collaboration between Starlight, Star Wars: Force for Change, Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company which was announced in April 2017.
“We hope that these gowns will allow kids in hospitals to draw a bit of strength from the Force,” says Lynwen Brennan, General Manager at Lucasfilm.
The program is part of a $1 million grant from Star Wars: Force for Change and Disney to support Starlight’s core programs including Starlight Brave Gowns and the launch of Starlight Virtual Reality in 2018. Additional funding for the gowns was provided by individual donations raised from Star Wars fans who participated in the Star Wars: Force for Change fundraising campaign this past spring.
The deliveries y kicked off with a special event at CHOC Children’s Hospital in California on Oct. 5, 2017.
TO help celebrate the new gowns featuring Darth Vader, Chewbacca and R2-D2, there were room-to-room visits with Star Wars characters as well a variety of activities.
If you would like you can visit starlight.org to learn more about Starlight Brave Gowns and donate $25 to give a gown to a hospitalized child in need.