Shine On! Kids

Address: Wakamatsu Building 7F, 3-3-6 Nihonbashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0023 Japan
Phone: 03-6202-7262

Shine On! Kids support children with cancer and other serious illnesses and their families in hospitals throughout Japan. We do this through a number of evidence-based, innovative programs including Japan’s first full-time hospital facility dog program, the arts-in-medicine program Beads of Courage, Camp Courage for Survivors of pediatric cancer, and the newly launched Shine On! Connections program that provides live, educational, interactive, virtual support to kids in the hospital.

The Tyler Foundation was incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization under the laws of Japan in July 2006. The creation of the organization was inspired by the smiles and courage of Mark and Kim Ferris’s son Tyler, who spent much of his short life battling a very difficult-to-cure kind of leukemia at a hospital in Tokyo. After they lost Tyler, they realized there were many ways to take Tyler’s struggles and their experience and create something positive for families going through what they had endured.

Today the organization has touched the lives of thousands and thousands of children, parents, siblings, and medical staff all over Japan through its programs. Today, it is about those children—their courage, their smiles, their stories.

When the organization received official Nintei NPO certification from the Japanese government in 2012, the Tyler Foundation became Shine On! Kids and its mission was expanded to support ALL children who are very sick in the hospital.