Home » Dr. Dreyer Honored with The Periwinkle Foundation’s Gerson Award
April 8, 2008 – Texas Children’s Cancer Center
by Corbin B.P. Dodge
Twenty-five years ago Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer first stepped into Camp Periwinkle and began her journey to bring a sense of childhood to children suffering from cancer. Dr. Dreyer, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center, has been a long-time advocate of encouraging children with cancer to experience time away from the hospital setting.
Camp Periwinkle first began in the summer of 1983 and allowed children with the cancer a freedom from worry so that they could experience the joys of childhood in a healthy environment. The camp is sponsored by the Periwinkle Foundation, which provides programs for children, young adults, and families affected by pediatric cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Over the years, Camp Periwinkle has been a tremendous experience for counselors, physicians, and especially the many patients and their siblings who have participated.
This year the Periwinkle Foundation presented “Applause…Applause,” an awards ceremony honoring the top volunteers for the Periwinkle Foundation. Dr. Dreyer was honored with the Gerson Award, named after Dr. Paul Gerson, founder of The Periwinkle Foundation.
“I’m a huge camp person and this is an award that means more to me than just about anything else,” said Dr. Dreyer. “This is probably the most important award I will get in my entire life because my work with The Periwinkle Foundation means so much to me.”
Each year, Camp Periwinkle captures the hearts of its 150 campers and is sure to capture the hearts of more children to come. After twenty-five years, Dr. Dreyer is still involved with Camp Periwinkle and she is looking forward to the many years to come.
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 and are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Each year more than 4,000 children are touched by Periwinkle programs Camp Periwinkle, Camp YOLO, Family Camp, the Long Term Survivor Program and the Arts & Creative Writing Program which culminates each year in a traveling exhibition of art by children touched by cancer and blood disorders. Through camping, recreational and arts programming, The Periwinkle Foundation provides opportunities for these special children and their families to heal emotionally, lead fuller lives and become stronger survivors. With the generous help of our friends and supporters in the community, The Periwinkle Foundation changes lives for life. Learn more at www.periwinklefoundation.org.