Home » Periwinkle Foundation Volunteer Kathy McCarthy Honored with Prestigious Volunteer Spirit Award
Children facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses are used to being pricked and prodded by nurses and doctors. What they’re not used to is seeing their nurse doused in red paint, riding a painted red horse, cheering the children on as they enjoy messy challenges and forget about their illnesses for a while.
Kathy McCarthy, a head research nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, has done that and more as a vitally important volunteer for The Periwinkle Foundation for sixteen years.
Kathy was honored with the ExxonMobil 2010 Volunteer Spirit Award today as the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program kicked off at the Houston Zoo. The ExxonMobil Foundation is funding 65 jobs for college students at Houston-area nonprofit agencies this summer.
“It’s truly an honor and truly humbling to receive this type of recognition,” said Kathy. “I could name so many others who do so much for The Periwinkle Foundation. I’m very honored they took the time to single me out.”
This will be Kathy’s sixteenth year as part of the medical staff at Camp Periwinkle, a week-long summer camp filled with joy for 180 children from Texas Children’s Cancer Center. At camp, Kathy not only administers medications, but also offers a familiar face, a warm hug, and a lot of laughs for the children with cancer and blood disorders, and their siblings. Kathy also works with The Periwinkle Foundation’s Camp YOLO (You Only Live Once) camp for teens and with the weekend Family Camp.
“Kathy McCarthy has all the characteristics of a hero,” said The Periwinkle Foundation’s Assistant Director Tahra Peterson. “The children love her, other volunteers respect her, and all want to be by her side. Her energy is infectious and is motivated by her commitment to kindness.”
June 3, 2010
This article first appeared on periwinklefoundation.org
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.