Periwinkle Foundation

Long Term Survivor Tracey Tran

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Periwinkle would like to highlight one of our very own survivors, Tracey Tran. Tracey has been involved with Periwinkle since the age of eight, when she was diagnosed with cancer. Tracey began her journey with Camp Periwinkle; she has since been not only a camper, but a dedicated volunteer and an active member in the Long Term Survivor Program. Tracey has been an inspiration to those she serves following her dreams and pursuing a career in healthcare to help those who are now in the position that she once was as a young girl.

My name is Tracey Tran and I am a dedicated and proud member of the Long Term Survivor group of The Periwinkle Foundation. My journey began roughly sixteen years ago at the naive age of eight years old when I was given a cancer diagnosis few are unfortunate enough to receive. Here, I was thrown into a situation I could not truly comprehend and given no other options. Fast forward through two surgeries, several rounds of chemotherapy, and countless follow up appointments later, and I find myself presently; twenty-four years old in remission, with the memories of my past fueling the dreams I have for the future.

I received my B.S. in Biology with a pre-medical concentration from Baylor University in 2014. After taking some time working as a scribe in the Emergency Department at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, I realized that my work experience along with my cancer experience, culminated the desire to establish a career in the health care field, treating the future generation of patients. My aspirations lie in becoming Physician Assistant, where I can continue to serve those in need as well as giving back and paying forward all that I received during my battle. My route has been unconventional as I uprooted my Southern ties and replanted them in Long Island, New York, pursuing my Master of Public Health at Hofstra University in 2016. But I consider this a detour to the dreams I soon hope to fulfill.

It is amazing that I am able to imagine my life beyond cancer. However, I find it more amazing to be at the forefront of pioneering advances to ensure others have that same opportunity. Through hardships and trying times, I hope to serve as a reminder, with the hint of inspiration, that there should always be the drive and the passion to move past even the most difficult of times.

Tracey Tran, September 2016

Periwinkle Volunteers Shine Throughout Houston!

The Volunteer Houston, Greater Houston Service Awards

Periwinkle had a huge presence at The Volunteer Houston, Greater Houston Service Awards! Two outstanding volunteers were finalists for awards in two categories. Help us congratulate Laura Cowling and Board Member, Marilyn Mogas for their outstanding service to Periwinkle and the entire community!

DSC_5257Laura Cowling, former camper, Long Term Survivor and Periwinkle advocate and volunteer, was recently the recipient of a Greater Houston Service Award in the category of Basic Needs and Healthcare for her service and dedication to The Periwinkle Foundation! Congratulations Laura and thank you for all you do for Periwinkle! We are so proud of you!

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Marilyn Mogas, Periwinkle Board Member, volunteer and advocate was a finalist for the Greater Houston Service Award in the category of Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year for her service and dedication to Ronald McDonald House Houston. Congratulations Marilyn and thank you for your service to your entire community! We are proud to have you as a part of Periwinkle!

Spring Camp YOLO

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A Camp YOLO record was set this past April 22-24 with 142 campers! The weekend started off with a camp wide pool party. The oldest boys and girls cabin kept the night zip tradition alive at the ropes course Friday night. On Saturday we were lucky enough for the rain to hold off so the campers could enjoy all the activities. Campers enjoyed arts & crafts, ropes course, horseback riding, inner tube water polo, photography, canoes and cooking. Taco rings were on the cooking menu for Saturday. Campers ended the day with a wishfloat ceremony and a dance party. Sunday morning was made complete by the viewing of the Camp YOLO slideshow, produced by our phenomenal A/V crew and before we knew the weekend had come to an end! Thank you to all of our counselors and volunteers! Special thanks to Jenifer Dice, Tim Porea and Alison Connor for their endless support!

“Camp YOLO will always have a place in my heart. Nothing can explain how happy I am with my life.”
– Camp YOLO Camper

To view photos from the 2016 Spring Camp YOLO Click Here.


For more information about camp, please email Larry Geiger

Spring Family Camp 2016

Seven families attended Family Camp on April 22-24. Families were given the opportunity to forget about the stresses of hospital visits and just be a normal family for one weekend. The weekend began with each family making a family crest and sharing their story and family crest the other families. All the family crests were displayed all weekend for everyone to enjoy. Friday night’s family activity was tie-dyeing t-shirts and a campfire with s’mores. The kids danced to energizers around the campfire while enjoying their s’mores.

Saturday morning started in the same fashion that all the camps start, ENERGIZERS! Parents have coffee in the morning to get them going, while the kids have energizers. Arts & Crafts and the indoor ropes course were the first two activities on the schedule. For many families, this was the first time any of them had been on any type of ropes course. Everyone who wanted to, climbed up the rock wall and came down on the zip line. The zip line was a highlight for many families. After lunch, families rested then everyone gathered for family photos. The rest of the afternoon was spent at horses & barnyard and the giant swing.

After dinner the moms, dads, and kids split into three groups. The moms went to spa, the dads went to photography, while the kids played sports. This was a chance for the moms to bond with the moms, the dads to bond with the dads, and let the kids just be kids. The night ended with star gazing. Thank You to Tammy Raulerson, Heather Morgan and Adam Henderson for their endless support!

To view photos from the 2016 Spring Family Camp Click Here.

For more information about camp, please email Larry Geiger

Summer Internships

Please help us welcome our interns! We are so happy to have Catherine and Miranda as a part of our team this summer. Thank you to the Shell Nonprofit Internship Program, ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program and Volunteer Houston for these incredible internship opportunities!

Catherine Frost, Summer Programs Coordinator
ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program Intern

Catherine is a Houston native who attends The University of Texas at Austin where she studies Human Relations with a minor in Rhetoric and a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship/Nonprofits. She is a member of Texas Orange Jackets, Kappa Delta Sorority, and YoungLife. In her spare time she enjoys petting dogs (sometimes hers, sometimes other people’s), reading autobiographies, and using her hot glue gun.


Miranda Lee, Day Camp Coordinator
Shell Non-profit Internship Program Intern

Miranda is a Junior majoring in Finance at Louisiana State University. When she is not in school, she is a soccer coach to kids ages 2-6 and also works part-time as a legal secretary. She is passionate about helping others and has been a volunteer for Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Tees for Special Needs, St. Vincent DePaul and the American Cancer Society.

2016 Summer Internship Opportunities

We are thrilled to again be a recipient of two of the most competitive and well known internship program grants in Houston – the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program grant AND the Shell Nonprofit Internship grant! Please follow the links below for eligibility requirements and more details!

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We are now accepting applications for this exciting internship, June 13 – August 6, 2016.

The Periwinkle Foundation’s Summer Programs Coordinator will plan and execute an event which will take place in July for new camper families to gain invaluable information about The Periwinkle Foundation and the Camp Periwinkle Experience. He or she will recruit, schedule, train and recognize over 150 volunteers and donors for Camp Periwinkle’s Special Summer Programs. The intern will work with the Program Director, Community Programs Manager and volunteer Family Coordinator and Social Worker to update our formal “Day Volunteer” information packet and manual which will be utilized in the training process of volunteers for the special programs that take place at camp. He or she will also collaborate with the Development Director and Coordinator to organize and implement Visitors Day. The Intern will be asked to attend four of these programs, two of which will take place at Camp For All in Burton, Texas. The intern will be encouraged to use creativity and ingenuity to make this year’s activities unique and successful.

To view the full job description and eligibility checklist, ExxonMobil CSJP Summer Programs Coordinator 2016 Job Description and Eligibility Form. *Please review ALL eligibility requirements! Resumes, cover letters and completed eligibility forms can be submitted to Erin O. Locke at elocke@periwinklefoundation.org.

For more information, please contact Erin O. Locke at elocke@periwinklefoundation.org

All candidates MUST be current full-time, undergraduate students at a major college or university who will be returning Fall 2016 as a full-time undergraduate student.

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We are now accepting applications for this exciting internship, May 30 – July 22, 2016.

The Periwinkle Foundation’s Day Camp Coordinator will recruit, schedule, train and recognize volunteers for Camp Periwinkle in the City. The intern will work with the Program Director and Community Programs Manager to create a formal “Day Counselor” information packet and manual which will be utilized in the training process of all volunteers. The intern will coordinate a volunteer training seminar, to be held one week prior to Camp Periwinkle in the City. He or she will also collaborate with the Volunteer Day Camp Director to organize and implement daily themes and activities for the children. The Day Camp Coordinator will attend all three days of camp and will assist the Volunteer Day Camp Director and Program Director in general oversight of daily logistics and program execution. Upon completion of the program, our intern will be responsible for creating and coordinating post camp surveys for campers, parents and volunteers which will help us to evaluate this pilot program for future implementation.

To view the full job description and eligibility checklist, Shell Nonprofit Internship Program, Family Development Coordinator 2016 Job Description and Eligibility Form. *Please review ALL eligibility requirements! Resumes, cover letters and completed eligibility forms can be submitted to Erin O. Locke at elocke@periwinklefoundation.org.

For more information, please contact Erin O. Locke at elocke@periwinklefoundation.org

All candidates MUST be current full-time, undergraduate students at a major college or university who will be returning Fall 2016 as a full-time undergraduate student.

Make It A Splendid Week – “Declaration of Independence”

 

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Fireworks at Camp Periwinkle!

Declaration of Independence

By the delegates of the Fruia Family

In the Fruia Home

In Sugar Land, TX

On the first day of February 2007

 

I would like to claim independence from the hated disease Cancer.

I believe that every kid has the right to feel healthy without the worry of a terrible disease.

A kid needs to be able to look normal and keep their hair on their head and not puff up like a blowfish.

I also declare that a kid should not have to endure scary and sometimes painful procedures that come with the treatment of Cancer.

By Raymie, 2007

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “My Dad”

 

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My greatest inspiration is my dad. He has inspired me to always work hard and try to achieve my best. He sets a good example by doing this himself. When I slack off, he motivates me to get going again. He tells me stories

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A dad and son posing at Family Camp!

about when he was young and how he has worked hard to get rid of bad habits like procrastination. He has made me want to be a doctor like him. He is a pediatrician, and that is the field I want to go into too. My dad has taught me the importance of getting a good education. My dad is very religious and he inspires me to be a better Muslim. For instance, even though my dad is busy, he takes time to say his prayers and go to the mosque when he can. His belief in God is very strong. This has made me trust God more and be open with others about what I believe.

by Samiah, age 13, 2009

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Camp Periwinkle Days Presented by BG Group

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Kids spent the day at the beach this year at the 5th Annual Camp Periwinkle Days presented by BG Group. The Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers transformed into summer camp, packed with games, prizes and activities to positively change and enrich the lives of children challenged by cancer and blood disorders who are being cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.

In the last five years, 190 BG Group employees have contributed more than 900 volunteer hours impacting at least 2000 children and their families. BG Group employees were able to interact and play with the children ensuring a memorable day for both campers and volunteers.

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BakerTriangle Charity Golf Classic

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The BakerTriangle Inaugural Charity Golf Classic at Willow Creek Golf Club raised more than $30,000 for The Periwinkle Foundation. Despite a little rain, the event was a huge success. This inaugural charity golf classic in Houston was hosted by BakerTriangle, the leading drywall and plaster specialty contractor in the Southwest.

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In addition to a day of golfing, participants and sponsors were also able to hear one of our campers, Presley talk about her experiences with The Periwinkle Foundation. Her incredible speech clearly communicated the impact of the mission of The Periwinkle Foundation and was a treat to all who attended.

Original artwork by Mia, a Periwinkle Arts In Medicine Program participant, was incorporated into the tournament signage, registration forms and even the awards. The original was presented to BakerTriangle for their incredible support.

Thank you BakerTriangle, Presley and all the golfers who participated!

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