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.”

RGKF NEWS

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 FoundationWednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 12:11pm
Judy Gottscho Eichinger will read from her recently published book, Remembering Ruth, A Memoir of Childhood Sibling Loss, at the Millburn Free Public Library, on Thursday, Nov. 15th, at 7 p.m. Books will be available for purchase, and Judy will sign copies. Refreshments will be served. The library is located at 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn, NJ 07041.
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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationTuesday, November 13th, 2018 at 2:39pm
Today is #WorldKindnessDay - and while we don't need a special day to be kind, we thought we would celebrate by giving you all a virtual hug 🤗 (or handshake 👋 your choice!)!

How can you be kind today? ❤️

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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationSunday, November 11th, 2018 at 7:31pm
Happy Veteran's Day

A big thank you to all who have served and are currently serving to protect our freedom. We appreciate your sacrifice and salute you.
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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationWednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 2:12pm
As you plan for your holiday dinner, try this recipe from our friends at RWJBarnabas Health - Pumpkin Cranberry bread🍞 - yum! 😍😊

Let us know if you try it!

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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationWednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 1:59pm
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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationThursday, November 1st, 2018 at 4:07pm
Here are some great resources for those that are living with diabetes - shared by our partners at Montefiore Medical

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