The Shining Stars Foundation is creating smiles, renewing spirits and igniting hope for kids facing cancer or another life-threatening illness.


The MISSION of the Shining Stars Foundation (SSF) is to transform lives through year-round recreational and social programs for children and their families challenged with pediatric cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

Why is it important?
  • Shining Stars is one of the few nonprofits nationally providing long-term year-round care for children and their families through recreational programming at any stage of their cancer battle at NO COST to the family.
  • Connecting children, siblings and parents with others facing the same challenges gives them strength and support for the journey ahead 
  • Helping pediatric cancer patients overcome a physical challenge allows them to see all they can accomplish despite their illness.
How do they do it?

The SSF focuses on children ages battling cancer and other life-threatening illness with a special focus on those with physical or mental disabilities as a result of their illness. The 70+ outdoor, social and recreational experiences include adaptive skiing, snowmobiling, rafting, cycling, cooking, swimming, climbing and every other recreation provided by Colorado’s natural splendor.

Services include:

  • Family Services, including single day events and overnight programs for children and their entire family.
  • Child Services, such as a two multi-day, overnight adventure camps.
  • Awareness & Educational Services educating the public about challenges faced by kids battling cancer through booths and presentations at community events, including schools where students can understand the challenges their peers are facing by promoting acceptance.   
  • Young Adult Services provide mentor services and a retreats for young adults 21+ who are survivors of pediatric cancer and struggling to make the transition to adulthood.
How you can #TravelKindly:
  • Help change a life and choose the Shining Stars Foundation as your local charity when you book hotels with Kind Traveler.
  • Attend a Shining Stars Event
  • Stay up to date on SSF happenings on Facebook!.

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