Our mission is to provide people with terminal illnesses the opportunity to leave legacy messages to their loved ones.

Operation Stardust, Inc. exists because of the legacy left by one woman. Heather McManamy of McFarland, WI, was a force to be reckoned with. A woman with a smile as big as her heart, and a love for her family that will last for eternity. Heather, along with husband Jeff and daughter Brianna, “went viral” a couple of times as she lived with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

The first time was back in July of 2015. The press got hold of the fact that Heather had written many greeting cards for her 4-year-old daughter Bri’s future milestones. Over 80 cards.  She wrote them for when Bri needed encouragement, for her wedding day, for her first breakup, and for getting her driver license. What is inside the cards is unknown. A private message for a daughter from her mom. But Heather did tell us that she included advice, jokes, and wishes of happiness.

The second time Heather’s story was shared around the world was when she published her obituary

We learned from Heather the importance of never taking any second for granted, and specifically that “Every Day Matters.” In providing people with the opportunity to leave legacy messages, we hope to continue to let Heather’s light shine into even more people’s lives.


What people are saying about Operation Stardust:

  • “I just started to cry because of the amazing thing you are doing. [My husband] still wanted to do something for his kids that they can have forever. Thank you so much for thinking of us.”
  • “Thank you so much. We don’t even know you and you are making such an amazing contribution to our family right now.”
  • “Thank you for offering such an incredible gift.”

If you want to volunteer to help us, please let us know here.

By donating to Operation Stardust, Inc., you enable us to give greeting cards and stationery to people who would like to write notes, letters and other memories to their families.