About an hour down the road, there's a summer camp that is changing lives.
For 24 years, Camp Periwinkle has brought joy to youngsters battling cancer. They're all patients at Texas Children's Cancer Center in Houston, but for one week they become kids again.
"This is the opportunity to get away from the hospital routine, feel normal and realize they're not alone," The Periwinkle Foundation's Executive Director, Pat Sorrells, said. "The kids do what they thought they couldn't do anymore because they've been sick. Our basic philosophy is we knock they're socks off."
Every summer kids walk through the doors of Camp Periwinkle in Burton and say good-bye to pain and hello to fun. For one week, these kids get to be normal
"I was diagnosed with acute lymphoma leukemia on October 18, 2006, and we caught it really early, which was great," 11-year-old Cade Johnson said. "We just had a few bumps in the road but nothing really bad."
Cade, like many of the others, have grown up quickly.
"It's a very big word, and I have no idea how to pronounce it," camper Morgan Frazier said. The nine-year-old can't even tell you what type of cancer she has, but her little mind knows how big the disease is.
"I was nervous and it was really weird at first but now I'm fine and it's cool," Frazier said.
Cool is also what camp is.
On Wednesday, campers celebrated the Olympics with a little competition. Swimming, sliding, running: you name it, and for a second, cancer slips away.
"What touches my heart is to see these kids have so much fun," Sorrells said. "Just to have them laugh and see the joy in their eyes and realize they can do the things that normal kids can do and just have joy in their lives again."
"It makes me feel like I don't have cancer, because there is no limitation," Johnson said.
Camp Periwinkle is held at the Camp For All facility in Burton. You can contact them at (713) 807-0191, or through the website below.
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