The snow is melting and the sun is peeking through the clouds. Spring is around the corner, and that means it's time to plan for summer camp! There are several camps, located all over the region, designed to meet the needs of children who have chronic kidney disease or who are post-transplant. These fun getaways let kids be kids, under the supervision of medical professionals. Here are some of our favorite renal-friendly camps:
University City, PA: CHOPed: Mastering the Renal Diet is a free cooking program held from July 20–24 at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. It is for adolescents and teens ages 11 to 18 years who have chronic kidney disease. Email Nina Foster or call her at 267-425-3934.
Blue Bell, PA: Camp Jeremy is a week-long day camp for children ages 6 to 16 years who have undergone a life-saving organ transplant, and their siblings.
Central and western Pennsylvania
Ligonier, PA: Kidney Kamp is held from in the first week of August for children of all ages who have PD, who are pre-dialysis or on hemodialysis, or who have had a transplant.
Millville, PA: Camp Kydnie is held from July 5–10 for children ages 6 to 16 years who have kidney disease or have had a transplant, and their siblings or friends.
Pittsburgh, PA: Camp Chihopi is held from August 13–16 for children ages 7 to 15 years who have received liver transplants and/or intestine transplants.
Cleveland, Ohio: Donate Life: Transplant Games of America is held from June 10–15 for individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries.
Claryville, NY: Frost Valley is held during two, two-week sessions beginning June 28 and July 12. Children ages 7 to 15 years (or up to 10th grade) who are on dialysis, who are post-transplant, or who have chronic kidney disease are eligible to attend.
Casco, ME: Camp Sunshine holds a specialized camp August 9–14 for children who have kidney disease or who are post-transplant.