Northwestern Mutual, presenting sponsor of the 2018 Rose Bowl Game®, believes that every child deserves a life of laughter, adventure and fun. The company will once again shine a light on the fight against childhood cancer at the 129th Rose Parade® with their float, titled “Letting Kids Be Kids.” The float celebrates the joy of summer camp and will feature childhood cancer survivors who have been positively impacted by summer camps through their treatment.
The float will also honor and celebrate people in communities who, quietly and without desire for reward or recognition, act in selfless, generous and kind ways to help others. One of Northwestern Mutual’s float riders, who has made a difference in the lives of others, includes our very own Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer.
Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer is pediatric oncologist at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers in Houston. As the medical director for Camp Periwinkle, Dr. Dreyer assists children with cancer and their siblings during camp. She has attended the week-long summer camp for 30 years, serving as the medical director for the last 25, and also serves on The Periwinkle Foundation Board of Directors.
In celebration of the float and featured riders in the parade, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation launched a national contest where the public can help nonprofit camps earn a $20,000 grant. The Periwinkle Foundation has been chosen to participate in the contest and needs your vote to grow Periwinkle Day Camp!
Starting today, December 20, 2017, you are invited to visit NMCampVote.com to vote for your favorite camp, all of which serve children and families affected by childhood cancer. You may vote once per day. The three camps that receive the most votes by January 7, 2018 will each receive a $20,000 grant. The grant awards will be used to deepen and expand opportunities for children and families with cancer to attend camp, providing future campers with invaluable experiences that can help restore the sense of childhood that can be lost during and following treatment.
Since 2012, Northwestern Mutual’s Childhood Cancer Program has been committed to funding research and providing help for families during treatment, as well as supporting survivors and their families as they continue to live their lives beyond cancer. We invite you to further this program and the programs of The Periwinkle Foundation by casting your vote everyday. Thank you for growing the Periwinkle community of healing!