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
The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation
The Ruth Gottscho Kidney FoundationTuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 11:25am
We make the dream of summer camp a reality for children with kidney disease. It's been our mission for over 40 years now. And those dreams create memories, magic and an experience that those children never forget.

Today we honor all the dreamers in sharing a poem, Dreams by Langston Hughes.

If you would like to make the dream of summer camp a reality for children with kidney disease, please visit our website - www.gottschokidney.org/donate for details.

#BlackPoetryDay #togetherwecan #curekidneydisease #FV #Montefiore
The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation
The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation added a new photo — with Shanice Figeroux.Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 10:51am
We love hearing from former campers and are happy to promote Shanice! You can get her latest artwork from #amazonsmile Your support of Shanice will support future kidney campers through a donation from Amazon!

The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation
The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation is with Rick Kaskel and Maya Doyle.Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 4:33pm
What a privilege to participate in this year's National Kidney Symposium at The New York Academy of Medicine. Thank you Kidney & Urology Foundation of America for hosting.

Featured speakers of the day were our partners from Children's Hospital at Montefiore - Maya Doyle (left), LCSW, PhD, and Dr. Rick Kaskel (right), MD, PhD, Director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology.

#togetherwecan #curekidneydisease #KUFA #CHAM #frostvalley #NYUWinthrop #NYAM
The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation
The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation shared National Kidney Foundation's post.Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 5:15pm
The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation
The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation added 5 new photos.Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 2:14pm
Thank you, supporters, for two wonderful sessions of the kidney camp program at Frost Valley YMCA - our forty-third summer working together. Thank you to the Children's Hospital at Montefiore for ensuring that all of our kidney campers had the best medical care while at camp.

#RGKF17 #togetherwecan #curekidneydisorders #partnership #CHAM #FrostValley