Henry's story

Five-year-old Henry was experiencing tummy pains.

A day later, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

“We were utterly devastated,” said Henry’s mum, Jade. “It was like someone pulled the rug out from under us.”

Henry endured critical surgery and gruelling chemotherapy in the months that followed, making him sick and exhausted.

Hospital was a scary and lonely place for Henry.

Thankfully, Captain Starlight’s arrival brought fun, crafts and games to help Henry forget about being in hospital.

Whenever Henry visited the Starlight Express Room, Captain Starlight encouraged his imagination. Together they made craft clocks and invented a superhero game where Henry became Clock Man!

“Because of Captain Starlight, we have so many positive memories in hospital, despite Henry going through cancer and all the pain and procedures,” said Henry’s mum Jade.

Captain Starlight, made hospital a happier place for Henry, helping him get through challenging times.

“Starlight has been an absolute game-changer for Henry and our family.” - Jade, Henry’s mum.

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$10 will brighten the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children and young people

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Helps Henry and his brothers find happiness in hospital by visiting the Starlight Express Room


Helps kids in hospital have fun and explore their interests with surprise art packs


Helps Captain Starlight brighten long hospital stays for more sick kids like Henry

Why happiness matters

A happy childhood makes a lasting difference to lifelong psychological wellbeing, sense of self, social connections, and healthy behaviours.

Captain Starlight helps seriously ill children experience laughter and fun. But the benefits of happiness extend much further. Captain Starlight helps:

  • kids build confidence and resilience while in hospital

  • families re-connect during periods of isolation

  • improve a child's mental health & wellbeing

  • kids cope with the fear of treatments

  • foster positive relationships between patients and health clinicians