Honoree helps make kids' lives better

Who: Best known as Zac Efron’s best friend Chad in the “High School Musical” movies, Corbin Bleu has also made a name for himself in the music industry. Earlier this year, he released “Speed of Light,” his second studio album. Film and television credits include “Galaxy Quest” (1999), “Free Style” (2008) and “The Beautiful Life” (2009).

What: Replacing Jamie Lee Curtis, Bleu is the new national spokesperson for Starlight Children’s Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and injuries by providing entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.

Why: “I started about five years ago when I did a hospital visit and was shocked at what a huge difference the (organization) makes for not only these children but also their families, who are also affected. I consider family one of the most important aspects of life, because at the end of the day your family is who is always going to be there for you. When it comes to these children, their family is all they have because some of them never get to leave the hospital.”

What’s next: Besides recently launching a fund-raising page (firstgiving.com/corbinbleu), Bleu will be participating in Starlight’s annual the Great Escape holiday party at the CBS lot. “We convert the whole space into a winter wonder­­land with snow, Santa Claus, gifts for the kids to take home, everything! These children get to forget about their worries for a while.”

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