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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Your support will make the life changing magic of summer camp available to a child with kidney disease.

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We are thankful today for all our friends and family who make the life-changing magic of summer camp possible for children with kidney disease. May your day be filled with love and gratitude.

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Happy Friyay!

Our non-profit is supported by a board of volunteers who work behind the scenes to ensure that every child with kidney disease that comes to us gets to go to camp. We know the power of camp - it changes life forever - and we are more committed than ever to keep giving camp away to kids with #kidneydisease.

We are excited to add one more board member, Dr. Lew Reisman. Dr. Reisman has been volunteering with our program for many years and was integral in having three kids from Israel at camp this summer. You can see all the details in our newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/6156b7a0554d/togetherwecan

You can also sign up for our newsletter and always be on the inside track to making summer camp a reality for kidney campers! Visit our website - gottschokidney.org - and subscribe at the bottom of our home page!
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Join us this Sunday in Central Park for a beautiful fall event for the best cause! Registration opens at 9:30 am - we hope to see you there!