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 FoundationFriday, November 30th, 2018 at 2:20pm
Thank you for your generous donations on #GivingTuesday! We are so thankful for you.

We are continuing to spread the word at today’s Kidney & Urology Foundation of America and Albert Einstein College of Medicine Symposium, "The Life Course of Lupus." Summer 2019 is looking bright!

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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationTuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 1:54pm
It’s #GivingTuesday, and we are almost halfway to our goal! If every donor gives $25, we can send an additional youngster to camp!

Click the DONATE button below and help us send kids to camp.

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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationMonday, November 26th, 2018 at 12:15pm
Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday and we are setting a goal to raise $3,500 - the total cost (sleep-away camp and medical expenses) to send a kidney camper to Frost Valley.

Help us by clicking on the link below and donate!

https://gottschokidney.org/donate/
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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationSunday, November 25th, 2018 at 7:02pm
This week - during #CyberMonday and online shopping - remember that you can support our organization by going to Smile.Amazon.com and choosing The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation.

Your shopping can make the smiles below happen every summer. Click the link below! 👇❤️

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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationThursday, November 22nd, 2018 at 8:38pm
Happy Thanksgiving from The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation. We are thankful for you ❤️