Periwinkle Foundation

Executive Director, Doug Suggitt, Reflects on 2014

The Power of You

Thank you for making a tremendous impact in the lives of children living with cancer.  Thanks to you, we have enhanced the lives of more children, teens, families, and long-term survivors challenged by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses than ever before.  You have truly made Periwinkle a more dynamic organization, providing the very best in camps and programs to those we serve.

Looking back at 2014, we recognize the powerful impact you have made in so many lives.

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  • Thanks to you - a second fall Family Camp was implemented to provide much needed support to families challenged by a new cancer diagnosis.
  • Thanks to you - new programs were provided to children in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
  • Thanks to you - The Periwinkle Foundation is funding an additional $500,000 over the next five years to ensure all children diagnosed with cancer have the opportunity to participate in Arts In Medicine Program at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers.
  • Thanks to you - there can be a positive experience for a child with a new cancer diagnosis.

Looking ahead to 2015, I hope you will continue your support and ensure that even more pediatric cancer patients and their families receive the unique and life-enhancing experience of Periwinkle camps and programs. Thank you again for making a positive impact in the lives of children living with cancer.

 

Doug Suggitt

The Periwinkle Foundation

Executive Director

Make It A Splendid Week – “Inside My Imagination”

Inside My Imagination

"My Imagination" by Callie Beth Fuselier

“My Imagination” by Callie Beth Fuselier

I’m a snake lover,

dog lover,

cat lover,

daughter,

cousin,

3rd grader,

gymnast,

swimmer,

Girl Scout,

nonfiction person,

hiker,

camper,

singer,

artist,

poet,

reader,

leader.

I’m brave,

funny, lazy.

I dream about

traveling to

Virginia,

eating a big

bag of mini

Wheats,

winning a

million dollars,

helping kids

with cancer.

 

by Erin, age 9

 

“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

Kickball Classic

Under sunny skies, 36 teams competed at the Kickball Classic on November 8th and raised over $34,000 for The Periwinkle Foundation. Congratulations to the Kickball Champions and fundraising winners!

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 1st Place, The Lamar Squad (Lamar High School)

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2nd Place, Kicks R 4 Kids, (Texas Children’s Hospital Radiology) 

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         3rd Place, Kickin Ballers (Vision Source/Bellaire High School)

And congratulations to our top fundraising team, Mogas Balls to the Wall, which raised $2,455 and will receive a Star Pizza party as the team fundraising champ!

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Top Fundraising Team, Mogas Balls to the Wall

Click Here to view more photos from Kickball Classic!

Long Term Survivor Retreat

Thirty three Long Term Survivors enjoyed a weekend together at the Long Term Survivor Retreat this past October. Now in its 6th year, the Long Term Survivor Retreat has become a much anticipated weekend getaway. Not only is a chance to see old friends, but the retreat gives everyone an opportunity to discuss their mutual struggles, hardships, and unresolved feelings of being a survivor. Margarita Longoria and Dr. Matt Paradise played a key role in planning the retreat. After arriving at camp, all the survivors headed to the lakeside campfire for energizers and s’mores. lts makovers

With the beautiful weather on Saturday, the survivors were looking forward to the all the fun activities planned for the day. Morning activities consisted of horseback riding, arts & crafts, paintball and canoes.  As always, horseback riding is a favorite. After lunch, everyone went to the cooking cabin, but not to eat. This year, we wanted to do something a little different so we prepare and cooked our own dinner. Each person, had a helping hand in the meal.

Once dinner was prepped, the survivors headed to their next activities, Star Place Ropes and Spa with Sephora. Sephora hosted spa activities for all the survivors, even the guys. Although they weren’t too sure about the spa, the men were introduced to facials. They loved it! The girls were shown different techniques in applying makeup. Sephora donated their time and all the supplies. Each survivor took home a goody bag. Thank you to Sephora for all your support. After all the pampering, the afternoon concluded with yoga and a discussion session with Dr. Matt Paradise. 

Under the supervision of Deborah Parrott and Jalane Theis, the survivors that prepared the dinner also put on the finishing touches. Thank you Deborah and Jalane for yummy meal! The survivors enjoyed the rest of the night singing karaoke and playing games. It was an amazing weekend for all who attended.

To view photos from the 2014 Long Term Survivor Retreat, Click Here.

Fall Family Camp

family campThis year, The Periwinkle Foundation was able to introduce a second Family Camp to serve families who are currently battling cancer. Seven families attended Family Camp this September were given the opportunity to forget about the stresses of hospital visits and be a normal family for one weekend. Thanks to NCL West Houston, everyone received a welcome basket filled with goodies. The weekend began with each family designing a family crest. All the family crests were displayed during weekend for everyone to enjoy. Of course, the first night of Family Camp wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have an arts & crafts project and s’mores! Friday night’s family activity was tie-dyeing t-shirts. The kids danced to energizers around the campfire while enjoying their s’mores.

Saturday morning started the same way that all the camps start, ENERGIZERS! Parents downed coffee in the morning to get them going while the kids energized. Arts & crafts and the ropes course were the first two morning activities. For many families, this was the first time any of them had been on a 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, moms, dads, and kids split into three groups. The moms continued with arts & crafts, the dads showed off their skills at paintball and the advance archery range, while the kids went canoeing. This was a chance for the moms to bond with the moms, the dads to bond with the dads, and the kids just be kids. The afternoon wrapped up with horses, nature, and bikes. Horseback riding is always a favorite and can be therapeutic for a child on treatment.

After dinner, we hosted Family Game Night, which consisted of Minute to Win It challenges with kids challenging other kids. After the kids completed the challenge, parents had to complete the same challenge. Each family could participate as much or as little as they desired. The night was filled with a lot of laughing and quality family time.

Make It A Splendid Week – “Believe”

Believe

"Montanas de Guatemala" by Ana Lucia Ramire

“Montanas de Guatemala” by Ana Lucia Ramire

You must walk

You must whisper

You must run

You must shout the

Answers on the mountain top

The grass will grow

The trees will rise

All will be well with a winning prize

If you don’t know

And need to cry

Believe that the pain as well as the rain

Will soon go away

 

by Andrea, age 13

 

“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 – “Crazy Thanksgiving Ride”

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A camper having fun riding a horse at Camp Periwinkle!

 

Crazy Thanksgiving Ride

My aunt lives out in the country where I ride my cousin’s horses. The first time I ever did it he just threw me on and said, “Go.” We ride bareback in the meadows, but we use a saddle in the woods. I remember one time when my other cousin came down to visit and we went riding in the woods. It was Thanksgiving Day and my mom called us while we were out riding to say get our butts back, it’s time to eat. When we hung up the cell phone, our horse took off running and I tightened my legs around the flanks and he started to buck. We rode eight bucks before my cousin decided to ditch the horse. We both landed on the ground and the horse shot off and scared my other cousin’s horse. She bucked and my cousin fell off. So, we were stranded out in the woods on Thanksgiving Day and these horses, worth about $2400 each, had run off. We started walking back to my aunt’s house. Luckily, we found the horses’ already back home waiting for us at the house. We went inside, filthy, and everyone asked what happened. It was a memorable Thanksgiving.

by Brandon, age 13, 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 – “Life is Like An Elevator”

Life is Like An Elevator

A camper feeling on top of world on Camp Periwinkle's zipline!

A camper feeling on top of world on Camp Periwinkle’s zipline!

When I’m going down

I feel dizzy like I might fall

When I’m going up

I feel tall like I’m reaching for the sky

Right now I feel like I’m

In the middle

I hope someday that I can be a doctor

So that I can make people who are

Sick feel better

That way we can all ride to

The top of the world.

 

by Jingzhuo, age 6

 

“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 – “Joy”

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"Hope" by Estela Gomez

“Hope” by Estela Gomez

Joy is feeling happy and getting new stuff and knowing that I did the right thing. When people give me compliment, that makes me feel joy. You feel joy when you know that you’re intelligent. Joy comes from the heart, living, having a good life.

by Prince, age 14

 

“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 – “Kickball”

 

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A camper at Camp Periwinkle playing a fun game of kickball!

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I love to play kickball with my three brothers. I am strong and tough. I like to kick the ball into the goal and win. My brothers are nice to me when we play kickball.

by Michael, age 4, 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

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