Camp Periwinkle brightens the day for kids as they fight cancer

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HOUSTON - Welcome Periwinkle Beach, part of Camp Periwinkle Days.

Doug Suggitt, Executive Director of the Periwinkle Foundation explained, "What we're able to do is transform the cancer and hematology center to a camp wonderland, so all the great activities that children get to experience at Camp Periwinkle, they're able to experience here at the hospital today. The doctors and nurses here at Texas Children's Hospital do a tremendous job focusing on treating the disease. The Periwinkle Foundation focuses on the social and emotional well-being of the children while they're dealing with the treatment."

The event, hosted by BG Group for the last five years makes a difference for the kids according to Katie Borland of the BG Group, "In the last five years, we've had probably 190 employees come out, volunteering about 900 volunteer hours, and we've probably impacted at least 2000 children and their families over the last 5 years."

Kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to go to camp, get to have a bit of fun as they wait for their treatments.

Nadine Logue's son was surprised when she brought her son for treatment, "It's awesome. It makes a big difference, the kids, they really enjoy it. Otherwise it's just boring for them, kind of sit around and wait for the medicine.
It kind of brightens their day, just to be able to do something, play ball or do crafts."

Karina Oviedo is going through her treatment but with a big smile, "So much fun!"

These brave kids may be coping with cancers treatments, but with Camp Periwinkle smiles, you'd be hard pressed to guess it.


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