September 2011 is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  To raise  awareness, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers (TCCHC)  sponsors an extraordinary event called Making a Mark, the annual art  exhibit presented by The Periwinkle Foundation.

The Periwinkle Foundation, which reaches more than 4,000 children every year, provides programs for children, young people,  and their families who are challenged by cancer and other life-threatening  illnesses. It operates Camp Periwinkle, Camp YOLO, Family Camp, and the Long Term Survivor Program.  It also supports the Arts & Creative  Writing Program at the hospital, which culminates each year in Making a  Mark.  Writers in the Schools (WITS) is honored to partner with The  Periwinkle Foundation and offer creative writing workshops in the clinic every week.

Every September I look forward to Making A Mark, which features art and  creative writing by patients and their siblings. The poems, stories, and  visual art make a powerful statement about the healing that the arts can  bring to patients and their families affected by cancer and blood disorders.  In addition to the framed artwork, there are copies available of The Splendid Review, a publication of creative writing by patients and siblings who worked during the year with a WITS writer.

One aspect I particularly love is the collaborative piece that a professional guest artist, Periwinkle volunteers, and the children create together.  Come out and meet Guest Artist Ann Johnson and see the amazing Friendship Fence that she and the children have created. You are invited to Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s Making a Mark® art exhibition on Sunday, September 11, 2011, from 2-4 pm on the Auxiliary Bridge between Texas Children’s Hospital Clinical Care Center and West Tower. Complimentary valet parking will be provided at the Clinical Care Center and the reception is open to the public. 

A panel of judges selected blue ribbon pieces of art in three groups they felt most effectively represented Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Past exhibits have been shown in Japan, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, and numerous cities throughout the state of Texas.  Don’t miss your chance to see this year’s inspirational exhibit presented by The Periwinkle Foundation.

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