BURTON, Texas (Covering Katy News) – When a child is fighting a potential terminal illness it’s obviously difficult for the patient, but it also impacts the life of the whole family, and that’s why Camp Periwinkle opens its doors to all who are affected by life-changing illnesses.
Camp Periwinkle is a week-long summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings from Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers.
On Sunday, 180 campers climbed aboard buses and headed to Burton, Texas, for the 35th Annual Camp Periwinkle. It’s a week-long camp that aims to provide an emotionally healing adventure for each camper.
“The kids are very excited,” said Doug Suggitt, Executive Director of the Periwinkle Foundation.
“The Periwinkle Foundation is a nonprofit that provides a series of camp, arts and survival programs to pediatric cancer patients and their families who are treated at Texas Children’s Hospital,” Suggitt said.
Texas Children’s Hospital has several hospitals in the Houston area including its West campus located along Interstate 10 at Barker Cypress Road.
Throughout this week, campers will be empowered to grow their independence and self-esteem, allowing them to become stronger survivors. There will be swimming, zip-lines, canoes, horseback riding and a ropes course.
As camper Marzouq Kahan was getting ready to leave on Sunday, he likely had no idea the type of life-changing experience he was about to have, but he was looking forward to a change of pace.
“My parents think summer isn’t just for fun. They think it’s for work and they give me problems to solve,” said Marzouq.
Marzouq says he does not like being given homework in the summer.
“I say no, please! This is summer!”
There will be no homework this week at Camp Periwinkle, but there will be a chance to make new friends, try new things and experience traditional camp activities. Campers will meet other children and their siblings who have similar life experiences, battling or watching a sister or brother battle potentially deadly medical conditions.
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