Aspen is a place that can feel like a fairy tail, removed from the troubles of the world, yet those who live, visit, work and play here know how special this is and look to give some of that back to those in the world who are facing challenging life circumstances. The Shining Stars Foundation is one such organization, bringing children living with cancer or life threatening illnesses and their entire family, including siblings, parents and grandparent to Aspen/Snowmass to experience the magic of this wonderful place.
Striving to fulfill the needs not met by medical treatment and often overlooked in challenging situations these children and their families are faced with. Including the emotional, social and psychological toll that life threatening diseases place on the entire family, giving them a place to gather strength, spark hope and refresh their spirit, as well as an opportunity to bond as a family and share a memorable experience away from daily battle of survival.
Most of the services are centered on recreational and social activities including ski and snowboarding, adventure sports and outdoor education. They extend further into animal based therapy, cultural and community events and more. Some of these are done in both week long events and single day events. Partnering with the Aspen Skiing Company and other local outfitters including Aspen Expeditions who take these children and their families on adventure coursed through the mountains, or T Lazy Seven Ranch who takes the kids on horseback rides and more!
Shining Stars transforms lives at a time when these children and their families need it most.