Testimonials

“I've been down since being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Staying the hospital for a month, not being able to eat or drink, rehab, radiation, chemotherapy… my life revolved around treatments. Shining Stars Foundation gave me the opportunity to ride in an airplane for the first time, meet incredible people who motivate me to do more, visit a state I’ve never been to. And I got to ski, which I've never done. It made me feel like a champ!" Ta'Quaja, 18 years old

“I've been down since being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Staying the hospital for a month, not being able to eat or drink, rehab, radiation, chemotherapy… my life revolved around treatments. Shining Stars Foundation gave me the opportunity to ride in an airplane for the first time, meet incredible people who motivate me to do more, visit a state I’ve never been to. And I got to ski, which I've never done. It made me feel like a champ!"

Ta'Quaja, 18 years old

"A very unlikely Shining Star came to Aspen from a very poor, rough neighborhood. Aspen felt like a foreign land to her. She had extreme anxiety the first 24 hours. She questioned her nurse as to why she had even come. Soon, the love, kindness and authenticity which marks this group sunk in, and she became calm, happy, comfortable and loved. On the way home, she told me it was the best experience of her life and she is inspired to make some positive and much-needed lifestyle changes because of this week. Magic indeed." Nurse Vanessa Bertini, Virginia

"A very unlikely Shining Star came to Aspen from a very poor, rough neighborhood. Aspen felt like a foreign land to her. She had extreme anxiety the first 24 hours. She questioned her nurse as to why she had even come. Soon, the love, kindness and authenticity which marks this group sunk in, and she became calm, happy, comfortable and loved. On the way home, she told me it was the best experience of her life and she is inspired to make some positive and much-needed lifestyle changes because of this week. Magic indeed."

Nurse Vanessa Bertini, Virginia

"When you have cancer, your life becomes about surviving- and not about truly living. With Shining Stars, so many kids, including myself, got to feel alive for the first time in a long time!" Aspen H., 15 years old. 

"When you have cancer, your life becomes about surviving- and not about truly living. With Shining Stars, so many kids, including myself, got to feel alive for the first time in a long time!"

Aspen H., 15 years old. 

"I made new friends and I feel like I broke out of my shell and gained self-esteem. This was a very uplifting experience. Best of all, it marked the end of my treatment!”  Celeste, 13 years old

"I made new friends and I feel like I broke out of my shell and gained self-esteem. This was a very uplifting experience. Best of all, it marked the end of my treatment!” 

Celeste, 13 years old

"After diagnosis, our family had become completely isolated. Nobody wanted to talk to us, because they thought our daughters were going to die and they didn't know how to deal with it. So they turned their backs and walked out of our lives at a time when we needed them the most. Shining Stars filled that missing gap and taught us what real family and friends are all about. We love being a part of our Shining Stars family. It's the only place our daughters feel like they can be themselves without judgment.” The Bicknell Family, Colorado

"After diagnosis, our family had become completely isolated. Nobody wanted to talk to us, because they thought our daughters were going to die and they didn't know how to deal with it. So they turned their backs and walked out of our lives at a time when we needed them the most. Shining Stars filled that missing gap and taught us what real family and friends are all about. We love being a part of our Shining Stars family. It's the only place our daughters feel like they can be themselves without judgment.”

The Bicknell Family, Colorado