Camp Periwinkle Days came to the Cancer and Hematology Centers last week creating a fun surprise for patients and families arriving for their appointments.
“This could not have happened at a more perfect time,” said Sarah Payne as she watched her two daughters stuff with cotton a plush pig and monkey wearing astronaut outfits. “She was not excited about coming today.”
Organized by The Periwinkle Foundation and sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, the two-day affair included NASA-themed decorations and displays, various arts and crafts, face painting, games, music and more. The camp was held in the Cancer and Hematology Centers’ infusion and waiting room areas for easy access to all.
“Our goal is to bring the magic of summer camp to those who might not have otherwise have the opportunity to go,” said Doug Suggitt, executive director of The Periwinkle Foundation. “We are always so pleased to see the smiles on the faces of those who get to experience the camp and are thankful to our partners for making it such an impactful event for everyone involved.”
This is the ninth year Camp Periwinkle Days has been held at the Cancer and Hematology Centers and the third year for Northwestern Mutual to sponsor the event.
Northwestern Mutual Managing Partner Jeff Reeter volunteered at the camp and said it was a joy to participate in such a wonderful occasion.
“It’s a very heartwarming experience that probably impacts us more than the patients and families we encounter,” Reeter said. “We are so grateful to be a part of it.”
Director of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers Dr. Susan Blaney said she is thankful for everyone who continues year after year to make the event such a success.
“Fighting cancer is hard,” Blaney said. “A little extra fun goes a long way for these patients, families and staff.”