The Esther Effect

noun. [Es-ter ih-fekt]

1. The human desire to make a difference in the world. 

2. We provide resources to New England families facing #ChildhoodCancer.
We fund #ProjectLovely grants. Inspired by Esther Earl, #nerdfighter & #HarryPotter fan.


Where your money goes



TSWGO provides direct support to families fighting childhood cancer via Grants.
It all adds up to stress when you're missing work & taking care of your child who is in treatment. Direct financial support offers families a way to pay for transportation,
mortgages, extending time away from work, or paying for medical procedures that are not covered by insurance. Allowing families the time and room to
focus on each other when they need it most.


Your donation goes directly to families fighting childhood cancer.
Read more about our STAR Children and see how your donation
gives a family hope, impacts a child’s life and aid in their cancer treatments.
No amount is too small, when we come together everyone benefits.


Meet Our Star Children

The heart of TSWGO's mission is our kids, bravely facing their cancer journey. In the midst of doctor's appointments, too-long hospital stays, yucky medicine and interrupted life, they manage to amaze us with their strength and resilience. While we can't share everyone's story, you will be inspired by the ones posted here.


Our Impact

Since 2011, This Star Won’t Go Out has been providing direct financial support to families with a child facing cancer. Caring for a seriously ill child creates tremendous stress for the family system, and through our partnerships with local hospitals and community members we are able to help lighten the financial hardships that many families experience.




Established in 2011 in memory of Esther Grace Earl, TSWGO works through local hospitals and healthcare workers to provide financial support to families facing childhood cancer.




Childhood cancer is on the increase, and 43 children under age 19 are diagnosed each day in the US alone. Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children. *

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TSWGO has been able to give out hundreds of grants to help kids with cancer because of the army of young people who donate and host fundraisers to make a difference. Check out Team Awesome--we invite YOU to be part of the story!


Get Involved

TSWGO works passionately to reduce stress for families facing childhood cancer through giving financial grants, covering the kinds of expenses NOT covered by insurance. While we are proud to say we have given out over $450,000 in grants, what amazes us is that the majority of this sum has been raised by young people who have said with Esther “we just want to make a difference in the world.”  We started calling this the Esther Effect and began to wonder how much more these friends could do given the opportunity.  Project LOVEly is our new grant-giving venture, seeking to inspire young people to actions that instill hope, create spaces of awesome, and demonstrate love in their communities.



Join our team of awesome people who are not afraid to be themselves as we endeavor
to raise funds & awareness for This Star Won't Go Out, a non-profit foundation serving
families with children diagnosed with life-threatening cancer.  
Consider joining an awesome, nerdy group of runners, joggers, walkers, and more--
as we raise funds and awareness for This Star Won't Go Out



Project LOVEly is a separately funded grant-giving venture from This Star Won't Go Out.
Project LOVEly seeks to inspire young people to actions that reflect the "Esther Effect,"
instilling hope, creating spaces of awesome, and demonstrating love in their communities. 



Since August 3rd, 2010, Esther Day has been celebrated as a day to  verbalize our love for
family and friends and let them know how much they mean to us.
It's the non-romantic Valentines Day for all the other kinds of love!


Make A Difference Today

When you make a donation to TSWGO your money goes to
help families of children with cancer needing financial assistance.
We  hope that your heart will be stirred to make a difference for one of our Star kids!


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“Just be happy, and if you can’t be happy, do things that make you happy. Or do nothing with the people that make you happy. ”
— Esther Earl