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.


“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.”


“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.”


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 FoundationSaturday, January 18th, 2020 at 7:25pm
Thank you, donors, for your year-end contributions. Because of your generous response to our year-end campaign, we raised over $18,000. We are very grateful for your continuing support.

We are now an affiliated fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Please make future donations online at www.cfnj/gottschokidney or write checks to the Community Foundation of New Jersey and put our name on the "memo" line. The mailing address is P. O. Box 338, Morristown, NJ 07963-0338.
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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationTuesday, December 31st, 2019 at 10:37am
Wishing all of our friends and supporters a wonderful and prosperous new year!

If you would still like to donate, you can visit gottschokidney.org/donate

#togetherwecan #curekidneydisease #partnership #kidneycamp #newyearnewgoals #celebrate
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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationFriday, December 27th, 2019 at 10:28am
As we near the end of the year, please remember to send all donations to the the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ). You can donate online to the Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation via the link below. You can also contribute by sending a check to CFNJ and writing "Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation" on the memo line. Mail it to Community Foundation of New Jersey, P. O. Box 338, Morristown, NJ 07963-0338.

Remember, every dollar you donate goes to supporting children with kidney disorders to attend two weeks of sleep-away camp - just as it has for 45 years.

Happy Holidays! 🎄

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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationSunday, December 22nd, 2019 at 10:20pm
Happy Hanukkah to all of our friends celebrating today!
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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationWednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 5:43pm
Renal Support Network founder Lori Hartwell recently posted a conversation she had with renal dietitian and transplant recipient, Lubna Ekbani, about how kidney patients can enjoy holiday meals despite dietary restrictions.

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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationTuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at 7:49am
On Giving Tuesday, we invite you to join us in making a difference in the lives of kids with kidney disorders.

Jayden, one of our youngest campers, was afraid to go on an outdoor overnight under the stars. By the time he and his fellow cabin-mates had settled into their camping spot and made dinner (including s'mores), he felt free. He ran around asking, "Can we stay up late?" His smile was priceless.

Synique came to camp with several health issues that typically would have limited her activity. Despite her challenges, she bravely hiked all across the 2,000 acres of Frost Valley and smiled through every activity.

Please give kidney kids the gift of sleep-away camp by clicking on the link below. Your donation is tax deductible, and you’ll be supporting the only camp program in the world that mainstreams kidney campers with healthy campers.