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April 01, 2019 | Michelle Fritsch, LMSW-ACP
Camp Periwinkle: The power of connection
PHOTO: Allen Kramer

Camp PeriwinkleThe Periwinkle Foundation’s signature program – is a weeklong summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings dedicated to offering them a safe space for adventure, friendship, personal growth and healing.

It’s all about focusing on what these children can do instead of the other way around. We don’t dwell on limitation.

The campers are surrounded by other people impacted by...

March 21, 2019 | Forrest Wolfe, Blog Editor
It’s #ChildrensHospitalWeek – Meet our champion
PHOTO: Paul Kuntz

Every year, each hospital affiliated with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals identifies a “champion” in their local community to serve as the face for the children they treat. These ambassadors spend the year advocating for the charitable need of children’s hospitals across the country. Here’s the story of our champion:

Mandi and Kyle, expecting their second child together, arrived promptly to their appointment for a 20-week ultrasound. They had...

March 20, 2019 | Harold J. Farber, MD
The fire in Deer Park is out, but the smoke remains
Godofredo A. Vasquez, Houston Chronicle 

In the last few days, you probably caught drift of the news if you didn't witness the large plume of black some hovering over southeast Texas from the massive chemical plant fire in Deer Park. The fire was finally extinguished and air quality is being monitored extensively, but this smoke can seriously create problems for anyone with lung or heart conditions. Although the air quality may not be bad while the smoke plume is up – what goes up must come down … and when it comes down, it can potentially be harmful.

According to reliable sources, most of the...

March 07, 2019 | Rachel M. Cunningham, MPH, Rekha Lakshmanan, Director of Policy and Advocacy at The Immunization Partnership
Becoming an advocate for your child
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For years, my husband and I lamented over the state of our neighborhood playground. We live in an older neighborhood, and the playground was in a state of disrepair. Finally, after 12 years, I decided to take action a couple months ago by advocating for a new playground for my three young children. I went off to my first neighborhood homeowners association meeting – two hours later, I left the meeting as chair of the brand new playground committee!...

March 06, 2019 | Lisa Gaw, MD, Radha Ram, MD
How to keep your child safe when playing sports
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Playing sports is an excellent way for children to stay fit, build teamwork and get outside for some fresh air. But sports-related stress and injuries are the second leading cause of emergency room visits for children and adolescents, so it’s essential to keep your child safe on the playing field.

The eyes and face are particularly vulnerable areas and need to be...