Frequently Asked Questions

About the Starry Night Walk to Cure Childhood Brain Tumors
What is Starry Night?
How long is the walk?
Do you provide food and beverages?
Are there any rest/break stops during the walk/run?
What happens if it rains on the event day?
Are pets, strollers, bicycles and inline skaters allowed to participate?
Does every participant get a lantern?
How can my company participate?

Registering/Signing Up
How do I register?
How much does it cost to walk?
Does everyone in my group need to register also?
How do I volunteer?

Fundraising/Donating
How does fundraising make a difference?
How do I start a fundraising page?
Can I donate or turn in funds on event day?
How long after my event does my fundraising page stay open?
If I form a team and I’m the captain, do I have a personal fundraising page as well as a team page? If so, which one should I use to fundraise?
Who are the checks made out to when I am fundraising?
Can I make a donation in memory or in honor of someone?
How can my company sponsor Starry Night?

Star Families
How do Star families register?
Will my child be able to participate if he/she has special needs?


About the Starry Night Walk to Cure Childhood Brain Tumors

What is Starry Night?
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Starry Night Walk to Cure Childhood Brain Tumors is a national series of walks that raise funds to fuel research and family support programs for the PBTF’s Stars, children with brain tumors. Individuals and groups can form fundraising teams, and businesses can offer their support through sponsorships. These fundraising efforts are celebrated in each city at an evening walk where participants light the nighttime sky with hundreds of lanterns that symbolize hope for a cure and honor local families.

How long is the walk?
Each walk’s distance varies. Depending on what time you arrive, and whether you stay for the lantern ceremony, the entire event can last up to four hours. Check your local Starry Night page for additional event details.

Do you provide food and beverages?
All our events include water and snacks for runners and walkers. Additional food items are available for participants who raise $100 or more. You can also purchase food at the event.

Are there any rest/break stops during the walk/run?
Yes. We provide water stations along the route. We encourage all participants to take breaks as needed.

What happens if it rains on the event day?
Our events are rain or shine. In cases of severe weather and other acts of nature, the PBTF will assess the safety for all participants.

Are pets, strollers, bicycles and inline skaters allowed to participate?
Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. However, for everyone's safety, bicycles, inline skates, wheelie footwear, skateboards and scooters are not permitted. Pets are also not permitted.

Does every participant get a lantern?
Participants who raise $100 or more will receive a collectible T-shirt, food and a lantern to decorate and hang during the lighting ceremony. Stars (pediatric brain tumor patients and survivors) and their immediate family members receive these benefits regardless of their fundraising level.

How can my company participate?
Businesses may participate by organizing teams of employees, friends, neighbors and family members to raise money and walk run in the event. Starry Night also offers a variety of sponsorship and corporate volunteer opportunities. Email us for more information.


Registering/Signing Up

How do I register?
Choose your local event to sign up, or come to the registration area on the day of the event. Registration times vary. Online registration closes at noon Eastern Time on the Friday before your event. Onsite registration closes 30 minutes before the walk begins.

How much does it cost to walk?
There’s no charge to participate in our events; however, we encourage a minimum donation of $100 per person. It’s easy to fundraise! Check out our online fundraising toolkit to get started!

Does everyone in my group need to register?
Everyone should preregister online or sign in at the event.

How do I volunteer?
Volunteer efforts are critical Starry Night's success. We welcome interested individual and corporate volunteers. Email us for more information.


Fundraising/Donating

How does fundraising make a difference?
As the world's leading nonprofit dedicated to children and teens with brain tumors, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s mission is simple, yet powerful: Care. Cure. Thrive. Your fundraising makes this possible, providing care for families, fueling research to cure childhood brain tumors and helping survivors and families thrive. Learn more about the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s mission.

How do I start a fundraising page?
Every person who registers will receive an email inviting them to claim their online fundraising page. You can customize your page to connect with your supporters and tell your story. Email us if you need assistance. Email us if you need assistance.

Can I donate or turn in funds on event day?
Yes! We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, cash and personal checks made payable to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Bring your funds to the registration tent. Email us to request a donation collection envelope in advance.

How long after my event does my fundraising page stay open?
Your page will be open for fundraising and you will receive incentive credit for 30 days after the current year’s event takes place. You have 60 days to redeem your incentive.

If I form a team and I’m the captain, do I have a personal fundraising page, as well as a team page? If so, which one should I use to fundraise?
It really depends on your goal. If you want to share the funds with other people for incentives purposes, use the team page for fundraising. As a team captain, you can use your team page to encourage and support your team members. You can also assign portions of your team’s collected donations to individual team members for incentive purposes. If you do not plan to split the funds for incentive credit, use your own fundraising page to collect donations.

Who are the checks made out to when I am fundraising?
All checks should be made payable to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation or PBTF. If someone gives you cash or writes a check payable to you, deposit the funds in your checking account and write us a check for the total. Mail funds to PBTF, 302 Ridgefield Ct., Asheville, NC 28806. Be sure to include your name and your event, as well as each donor's name, address and gift amount. You can also bring cash and checks written to PBTF to the registration area on the day of the event. Email us to request a donation collection envelope.

Can I make a donation in memory or in honor of someone?
Yes. When you choose this option on your donation form, you’ll be able to enter the honoree’s name and, if applicable, the notification address

How can a company sponsor Starry Night?
Starry Night events rely heavily on community partnerships in order to help children with brain tumors. We work with local businesses and large corporations to ensure the success of every Starry Night Walk. If you or someone you know is interested in partnering with Starry Night , please contact us or visit our online sponsorship page.


Star Families

How do Star families register?
Families of children with brain tumors register just as other participants do. Choose your local event to get started or contact us for assistance.

Will my child be able to participate if he/she has special needs?
Of course! We encourage children with special needs to participate. Our Stars are our guests, and we will make every effort to cater to their needs. All courses are wheelchair accessible. Please email us with any questions.