Children with kidney disease can be “just kids” at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s annual Kids Camp in Fenton
FENTON, MICH.—(July 2, 2019)—On Sunday, July 21, children ages 8-16 who have chronic kidney disease, are on dialysis, or who have a kidney transplant will head to YMCA Camp Copneconic in Fenton for the week through Saturday, July 26. This year marks the 33rd consecutive year that the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) has hosted Kids Camp. There will be a wide range of activities for the campers all week including swimming, boating, arts and crafts, zip lining, hiking woodland trails, high ropes, horseback riding, bonfires and much more.
Children with kidney disease often have limited options for outdoor activities at traditional camps because of their need for dialysis treatment or medical attention. Kids Camp is a special week of outdoor fun, games and laughter, giving participants the opportunity to just be a kid for one week.
Volunteer medical personnel monitor the campers onsite and provide medications and treatments. Children who are on dialysis spend a half-day at Fresenius Kidney Care on S. Linden Rd. in Flint, where staff come in on their day off to handle dialysis and care for the children. The young people who attend are able to have life-changing camp experiences with others their age, all while being cared for by dedicated medical volunteers.
Thanks to fundraising, generous donations and sponsorships, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is able to offer Kids Camp at no cost to participants. For more information about the NKFM’s Kids Camp, visit nkfm.org/kidscamp.
To join us at camp, interview a child, or take photos, please contact Joyce Williams at 734-222-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The NKFM provides more programs and services to more people in Michigan than any other region or state. For the past 12 years, Charity Navigator — the nation’s leading nonprofit evaluator — has recognized the NKFM with its highest rating of 4 stars for success in sound fiscal management. nkfm.org