A Revolutionary Idea

In 1975, the Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation came up with a revolutionary idea — a sleep-over summer camp program for children with chronic kidney disorders. The kidney campers receive dialysis treatments in the state-of-the-art Ruth Gottscho Dialysis Center located in the camp’s new Guenther Family Wellness Center.

Today, when you visit the Frost Valley YMCA camp in New York’s Catskill Mountains, you see hundreds of kids swimming, boating, horseback riding, playing volleyball and more. As you look around, you’d be hard-pressed to pick out those who receive dialysis treatments as part of their routine. And that’s the whole idea. During their two-week stay the focus is less on their disease and more on meeting new friends, participating in camp activities, and gaining self-confidence and self-esteem.

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“I’m able to associate with kids my own age.”

In 2015, Justino was a first-tine kidney camper with chronic kidney disease. His counselors were impressed with his outgoing personality and rapid adjustment to camp. After lunch in the camp dining hall, he was happy to explain why he liked Frost Valley so much.

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“Can I go back next year, Mom?”

That was the first thing Patrick asked when he got home from the kidney camp program at Frost Valley. Since he was seven, Patrick has been hooked up three times a week to a dialysis machine that does the work his kidneys can’t. He was never able to be too far from home until he went off to sleep-away camp. “I noticed a big change in him when he came home,” said his mother. “He seems so independent now.”

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“Frost Valley has been good for us both.”

That’s what Alisha’s mother said after her daughter’s first camp experience. Alisha was diagnosed with kidney disease when she was four years old. She never had much of a childhood; the hospital was her second home.
Dr. Rick Kaskel, Alisha’s doctor at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, is the medical director of the kidney camp program. He assured Alisha’s mother that Frost Valley offered the same, high-quality care that Alisha received at the hospital.

Alisha came home very excited about her two weeks at camp, and her mother benefitted as well. “Alisha was stronger than I gave her credit for. Her experience gave me courage and confidence, too.”

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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation

Our sleep-away camp program at the Frost Valley YMCA in the Catskills is the only one in the country where kids with kidney disorders get the dialysis/medications they need on-site and live with and do camp activities with regular campers. Since the program began in 1975, over 1,800 "kidney kids" have benefited from this life-changing experience. To donate, visit our website www.gottschokidney.org/donate
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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation added 2 new photos.Sunday, May 20th, 2018 at 8:48am
The CEO of Frost Valley YMCA is doing jumping jacks to raise money to send kidney kids to camp!

Send us a message if you want to sponsor him and help us send a kid to camp! As little as .01 per jumping jack helps!

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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationWednesday, May 16th, 2018 at 12:35pm
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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationMonday, May 14th, 2018 at 10:26am
REMINDER! Anyone who hasn't yet gone to an Open House at Frost Valley YMCA - this weekend is their last one before summer. Starts at 11:30 am and includes a tasty lunch.

For details - visit http://frostvalley.org/camp/open-houses/

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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationSaturday, May 12th, 2018 at 10:50am
Remembering my mom, Eva Gottscho, on Mother's Day weekend. This photo was taken at the dedication of the Guenther Family Wellness Center at Frost Valley in September, 2008. She was in her 96th year. Mom did not know she would be asked to speak so had no prepared notes. As usual, she spoke from the heart, and there wasn't a dry eye in the audience.

It was Mom's revolutionary idea to establish a kidney camp program in 1975 that mainstreams kids with kidney disorders with healthy campers. We began a partnership with Frost Valley and Children's Hospital at Montefiore that has flourished. This summer will be the 44th kidney camp season.
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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation shared Frost Valley YMCA's post.Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 2:43pm
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