A note from our Founders - Bobby and Tiffany Vossoughi
When our daughter, Ellie, was born we had the same concerns and questions every new parent has about feeding, bathing, sleeping schedule, and so on. One symptom we noticed is she would cry around the clock. Our pediatrician initially thought it was simply reflux and provided treatment. With no changes we tried a naturopath, a functional medicine doctor, and our own research. Our daughter was not responding to the drastic dietary changes, supplements, or medicine – something was wrong. Ellie was now two years old and we were all emotionally and physically exhausted. We would give anything for Ellie to be happy and have peace.
I ran into a friend who was having the same complications and issues with, for example, certain clothes, chewing on non-food things, loud noises, crowded places. In addition to constant crying and more anxiety than any child should have. My friend directed me to a book: Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) by Dr. Lucy Miller. This book could have been written about our daughter. The back referenced The STAR Institute in Denver, CO. We reached out and upon our first conversation we knew this is where our daughter needed to be.
Ellie was now three and half years old, upon arriving to The STAR Institute she had her initial screening. The therapist diagnosed her with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). We were happy to finally have an answer, now we needed help for treatment. The STAR Institute provided Ellie with intensive therapy sessions, and she responded phenomenally. Additionally, parental support and teaching sessions were provided for us. Our experience with The STAR Institute was amazing and we want to help families like ours.
The purpose of Starry Starry Night is to provide scholarships for families who cannot afford to take time away from work, costs to travel to The STAR Institute in Denver, CO, and receive the extraordinary care they provide. To date 70 families have received scholarships from Starry Starry Night, our goal is to raise one million dollars and help 100 families. Our fourth gala raised $159,000, we expect to achieve our goal of helping 100 Arizona families at our 5th Starry Starry Night Gala thanks to the incredible support of The STAR Institute and the Arizona community. We’ll continue to help families reach for the STAR.
-Bobby and Tiffany Vossoughi