Our mission is to support families facing childhood cancer, helping to lighten their burden through the giving of financial grants and community involvement. Caring for a seriously ill child creates tremendous stress for the family system, and through our partnerships with local hospitals and community members, we aim to be a source of strength and encouragement. These gifts help with expenses not covered by insurance, including rent or mortgage payments, utilities, and travel costs.
Since its founding in 2011, TSWGO has helped hundreds of families, with gifts totaling over $450,000 to help families suffering from financial hardship related to childhood cancer. We love that our funding is extremely grassroots, initiated and organized by caring individuals and groups of young people from all around the globe who want to make a difference for kids. They purchase bracelets and Tshirts that promote TSWGO, and hold fabulously creative fundraisers. Individuals and groups have hosted all-night Rock-a-thons, an 84-mile walk around an English wall, carnivals, bake sales, battle-of-the-bands, head-shavings, and even a 5,000-piece domino art project!
TSWGO was established in memory of 16-year old Esther Earl, an avid Nerdfighter and passionate Harry Potter fan. Her online friends and causes met many of the social and emotional needs in her life, hampered as she was by her progressing thyroid cancer. Yet Esther lived life fully, getting involved in social justice issues, loving her friends, her family and cats, and always remembering to be awesome.
Project LOVEly is a new grant-giving venture from This Star Won't Go Out, inspiring young people to live fully and love deeply in the face of life’s challenges. Project LOVEly seeks to motivate young people to actions that reflect the "Esther Effect," instilling hope, creating spaces of awesome, and demonstrating love in their communities. For more information, check out the Project Lovely page!