Patients and families have fun at Camp Periwinkle

June 20, 2017

Summer camp came to the Cancer Center last week creating a nice surprise for patients and families arriving for an appointment, consultation or treatment.

“It makes it less stressful on the parents for sure,” said Andrea Carter as she watched her 6-year-old daughter stuff a plush sea turtle with soft cotton. “It makes the time go by much faster.”

Organized by Camp Periwinkle and sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, the two-day affair included Disney-themed decorations, various arts and crafts, face painting, games, music and more. The camp was held in the Cancer Center’s infusion and waiting room areas for easy access to all.

“From the second they get off the elevator we want them to hear and see the fun,” said Erin Locke, community programs director for Camp Periwinkle. “We want them to forget about why they are here and just have a good time.”

This is the sixth year Camp Periwinkle has been held at the Cancer Center and the first year for Northwestern Mutual to sponsor the event.

Northwestern Mutual employee Patrice Swanson volunteered at the camp and said it was a joy to participate in such a wonderful occasion.

“Any time you can come and help encourage families who are going through a difficult time is good,” she said.

To learn more about Camp Periwinkle click here. To learn more about Texas Children’s Cancer Center click here.