Since The Periwinkle Foundation’s inception in 1983, pediatric oncologists have made great strides in improving the overall cure rate of children with cancer. Nearly 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer now survive. While more children are surviving, successful treatment may leave them with mental or physical complications that can impact them for the rest of their lives. Periwinkle Programs play a vital role in the overall healing process of these special children, teens and families.
The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults and families who are challenged by cancer and other life threatening illnesses. As the survival rate grows, so does the need for long-term support and programs. What started as a simple camp for children with cancer, uncovered a need for camps for teenagers, families and long-term survivors, as well as a robust Arts and Creative Writing Program.
The Periwinkle Effect
The doctors and medical personnel at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers report that The Periwinkle Foundation’s programs are life-altering and directly impact how well patients battle their illnesses. Many former campers return as counselors and many families stay involved because our programs helped them through the emotional roller coaster of treatment. Wherever patients and family members find themselves in dealing with life-threatening diagnosis, The Periwinkle Foundation is there to help.