Psychosocial Support Program

The diagnosis and treatment of a childhood cancer or blood disorder presents extraordinary psychological, emotional and social challenges to the entire family. Texas Children's Cancer Center offers a variety of services to help families adapt and mobilize resources in the battle against these diseases. At the heart of these services is the personal commitment of every multidisciplinary team member to understand each young patient as a unique individual. Team members also collaborate with parents at each step in the process to be attentive to the quality of life of all family members, including siblings.

Programs for psychosocial patient/parent support and education include:

Because this type of care is rarely covered by insurance or other third-party payors, most of these programs exist because of the generosity of friends of Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The Periwinkle Foundation has been supporting the emotional needs of our patients and families since 1983 and now underwrites most of the cost associated with four programs that are extremely meaningful to our patients and families—Camp Periwinkle, Camp YOLO, Making a Mark, and the Celebration of Life.

Since 1983, the Periwinkle Foundation has helped provide psychosocial support to more than 3,500 Cancer Center patients and siblings. The services provided to the Cancer Center by The Periwinkle Foundation are invaluable, since the psychosocial programs offered at Texas Children’s Cancer Center are rarely covered by insurance or third-party payors.

Texas Children’s Cancer Center is also fortunate to receive generous support for our Psychosocial Support Program from the Joan and Stanford Alexander Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of Houston, the Stark Foundation, and other friends.

Joan Alexander watches as Cancer Center visitor Alex Ruiz paints

Page modified on August 1, 2021