Shining Stars Foundation

YOU can give the gift of hope to brave kids with cancer! Our donors allow us to provide 100% of our programs and services at no cost to the families we serve. Thank you!

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General Information

General
Official Name
Shining Stars Foundation​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
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Former Name(s)
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Acronym
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Date Established
2001
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
84-1526586
Addresses
Headquarters Address
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Colorado Location
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Mailing Address
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Other Address
PO Box 1308
Aspen, CO 81612

PO Box 2790
Winter Park, CO 80482
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
970-726-8009
Fax Number
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Other Phone Number
970-925-7827
Web/Email
Email
office@shiningstarsfoundation.org
Website
www.shiningstarsfoundation.org
Social Media Links
     

Mission Statement

Our mission is to transform lives through year-round recreational and social programs for children and their families challenged with pediatric cancer or another life-threatening illness. We provide programs that help these children move past just trying to survive, to thriving and truly living again. We serve not only the child, but their entire immediate family, including siblings and parents.

Organization History

The Shining Stars Foundation was founded in 2001 by Shining Stars CEO Kathy Gingery and a group of experienced volunteers who saw an unmet need in the Rocky Mountains for a program that would provide emotional support to children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Originally focused on providing an adaptive ski experience through the Aspen Winter Games Program, the Foundation has now reached over 1,000 children and their families through 60+ annual outdoor, social, and recreational experiences! We love thinking of new and creative ways to improve the lives of the families we serve and are constantly evolving.

Testimonials

"In the past, I had been told I was hopeless. I was dying, in a wheelchair, and on oxygen. Shining Stars gave me hope. I went skiing in a sit ski with many other kids just like me, something I had never dreamed was possible. Now my life has changed. I want to live, all day, every day." - Evan, Participant

"I could go on forever about how incredible the Shining Stars Foundation is. Our daughter has faced two years of treatment, two years of throwing up, and two years of being poked with a needle. She is very limited by a lot of things, mostly her eyesight. She will never ride a bike or a drive a car, which breaks my heart. She came home from the ski camp in tears, talking about how life-changing everything was. Anya told me, 'Dad, when I was skiing on those mountains I never felt so free, that I had no limitations and could do anything.' Thank you for giving her hope." - Bernie, Parent

"Shining Stars gives something to the whole family. Parents make connections at your events and siblings get to meet others who have walked in their shoes. Our kids made lifelong friendships with other kids who have also had to grow up faster than their peers because of cancer." - Julie, Parent

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