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“Making A Mark”, an exhibition of art by children touched by cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers presented by The Periwinkle Foundation, comes to McAllen Miller International Airport.
McAllen Miller International Airport, in partnership with the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic, welcomes back Making A Mark, after more than seven years. This extraordinary exhibit features the works of young artists from the Rio Grande Valley whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer and blood disorders and provides a unique focus on their personal issues.
The exhibit will be open to the public at McAllen Miller International Airport on May 5, 2015; and will remain on exhibit at the airport until May 30, 2015. “We are so excited to be able to feature artwork done by our brave patients and their siblings. The Arts in Medicine program at the Vannie Cook Clinic is an essential component of the treatment and healing process. So many incredible things happen every day in the art room!” said Victoria Guerra, Director of Development at the clinic.
Making A Mark is open to children from treatment centers all over the world. We have been proud to display over 200 entries annually, since the first exhibit. This year, the exhibit features over 330 pieces of art representing six different countries. To highlight Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the artwork is exhibited each September at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas which is the first stop on a journey traveling to venues throughout the city, state and country. McAllen Miller International Airport is proud to host a portion of this exhibit which features the work of local children from the Vannie Cook Clinic.
Guests of Making A Mark are invited to complete a “Postcard From the Road” which will be mailed by The Periwinkle Foundation to the artists and their families. These inspirational messages share the impact each child’s art has had on the community and deliver words of support and encouragement. Since the program’s inception, The Periwinkle Foundation have mailed over 25,000 postcards to artists.
The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic, a joint effort of the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer Center, has treated over 7,500 children since opening in 2001. The clinic is the only fully comprehensive pediatric cancer treatment facility in the Rio Grande Valley and never denies lifesaving treatment to a child due to inability to pay. For more information on the clinic, please visit www.vanniecookchildrensclinic.org or call 956-661-9840.