History Founded in 2002, The Purple Balloon Foundation has grown rapidly thanks to the grass roots efforts of its volunteers. The pioneers behind the development of The Purple Balloon Foundation were Ron Schoof and Melanie Turner, Ph.D. Ron and Melanie had a deep desire to help children who faced serious challenges, experience a sense of normalcy and a chance to experience life to its fullest. In talking with the folks at Children's Medical Center of Dallas and Vance Gilmore with Camp John Marc, the team found their niche: to help support local area special needs camping programs. They felt that providing an opportunity for a child to go to camp and experience that they are not alone, gain confidence and have fun; was instrumental in improving the quality of life for that child.
Thanks to generosity of several corporations, Mark Selz, and many other individuals, the organization has been able to grow while continuing to be a completely volunteer run organization. As we have grown we have expanded our horizons to include providing toys at Christmas time for local area pediatric hospitals and volunteers for hospital related events such as the Neiman Marcus Children's Parade.
Since 2002 The Purple Balloon Foundation has provided more than $200,000 in funding to 15 local area special needs camping programs.
The average cost to send a child to camp is $1,100 for a week long camp
Camp is provided at no cost to the campers or their families.
Camps Supported The Purple Balloon Foundation supports a variety of camps that serve children from Children's Medical Center, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Cook Children's Medical Center, and local area pediatric specialty clinics. Camp Ailihpomeh - camp for children with hemophilia Camp Amigo - camp for children with birth defects and genetic disorders Camp Braveskin - camp for children who have severe dermatological conditions Camp Bronco - camp for children with asthma Camp Esperanza - camp for children & teens with cancer (Children's Medical Center of Dallas) Camp Feliz - camp for children with brain tumors Camp Jubilee - camp for children & teens with sickle cell anemia Camp Oasis - camp for children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis Camp PHEnomenal - camp for children with phenylketonuria (PKU) Camp Phoenix - camp for children who have been involved in a traumatic accident Camp Reynal - camp for children and teens with kidney disease Camp SOAR - camp for teens who have had organ transplants Camp SOL - camp for families that have experienced the death of a child Camp Summit- camp for children and adults with disabilities in Argyle, TX Camp TLC - camp for children & teens with spina bifida Camp Tecumseh - a camp for families impacted by HIV/AIDS
The Purple Balloon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
THE PURPLE BALLOON FOUNDATION, Inc.
Helping Kids Reach New Heights!
Mission The mission of The Purple Balloon Foundation is to enrich the lives of children with special needs by providing financial assistance and support to special needs camping programs and local area pediatric hospitals.
The Purple Balloon Foundation is motivated by the belief that every child with a special need has the opportunity to:
See that they are not alone
Try things they never imagined
Create friendships with other people who truly understand them
Heal & build their spirit
We are committed to "helping kids reach new heights."