Sky Full of Stars experience at the Oshawa Centre benefits cancer campaign at Lakeridge Health


Published November 29, 2022 at 12:34 pm

It is through the magic of technology – old school at that – that allows you to be in a small, enclosed dome-shaped room and yet be among the stars at the same time.

It’s all part of the experience of A Sky Full of Stars, the Oshawa Centre’s new planetarium-type experience from November 29 to December 24 in support of Lakeridge Health’s Cancer Care Centre.

This immersive experience starts at $10 per person with 100 per cent of the proceeds donated to the Cancer Care Centre at Lakeridge Health.

The Oshawa Centre is inviting families to help fill the sky with stars as each donation triggers the explosion of a brand-new personalized star. Guests are transported to a starlit world as they set off through the galaxy tunnel of lights to spot the moon, planets, rockets, and their newly added star, personalized with their name or the name of a loved one.

“This holiday season we wanted to engage more deeply with our guests by providing events and activities that continue to bring our community together,” says Oshawa Centre’s marketing manager Kayla Perez. “We are excited to offer unique events, including the Sky Full of Stars planetarium experience, that are not only fun to enjoy but can also help raise well needed funds for our local healthcare organizations.”

The whole experience takes just ten minutes or so but the images of galaxies, exploding super novas and other secrets of the universe unveiled on the ceiling by a simple projector system leaves one amazed at the wonders of the universe and with a slightly sore neck.

With the Cancer Centre as the beneficiary, a little discomfort is all worth it.

Steve Slack knows all about “discomfort.” The Bowmanville resident woke up from a colonoscopy last year to be told doctors found a large tumor and that he had colon cancer. And it got worse from there when 23 more small tumors were also found and he was given three years to live.

“I was shell socked – I wasn’t expecting that at all. I was 48 years old – cancer wasn’t in my radar,” he said at the media launch of the Sky Full of Stars experience. “No one should have to tell their kids that news.”

Slack underwent two surgeries and 28 rounds of chemotherapy and had nothing but praise for the staff at the Cancer Centre, noting he has just five tumors remaining.

“Tonight for me is all about hope. The best gift you can give is the gift of hope,” he said. “I’m just getting started.”

Slack pointed out that the beauty of giving to the Lakeridge Health and its Our Cancer Campaign is that the Bob and Sue Verwey Family Foundation – the owners of Owasco Volkswagen – have committed to matching, dollar for dollar, up to one million dollars in donations for cancer care.

Details about Sky Full of Stars and ticket information can be found at To make a donation to the Our Cancer Campaign visit

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