Kids & TeensLiving with Kidney Disease & Transplantation (12 and Under)

living with kidney disease & transplantation: kids 12 & under

September 28, 2019

Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, IL

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a day for very young patients and their families

This very special, free event is focused on helping young patients live healthy, fun-filled lives. Children, their families, and caregivers will have the opportunity to meet with physicians, dietitians, nephrologists, and other relevant healthcare professionals for a day of empowering education and animal-house fun. While parents and caretakers connect with experts and engage in a series of kidney-health and childcare discussions, children will meet a community of other young patients, and play a series of interactive, group learning-games that will foster friendships, help them better understand their bodies, and enable them to gain confidence in their health. Educational topics may cover any of the following areas:

 

  • Information about new medicine

  • Managing a kidney transplant

  • Emotional support and family wellness

  • Dialysis options

  • Breakthroughs in technology

  • Healthy snacks and nutrition 

 

Following lunch, patients and families have the rest of the explore the magic of Brookfield Zoo. You are free to explore the park as a family, with the NKFI team, or with new friends you make at the event!

** Please Note: Like all NKFI Living with Kidney Disease and Transplantation events, this program is presented free of charge. Passes to Brookfield Zoo will only be given to those who attend the full program.

 

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Brookfield Zoo

The NKFI mixes our educational programming with fun, which is why we host this Living with Kidney Disease event at the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center.

BROOKFIELD ZOO ADDRESS

3300 Golf Road

Brookfield, IL 60513

Program Schedule

Saturday, September 28, 2019

  

  • 8:30am  -  Check in and Breakfast

  • 9:00am  -  Getting to Know You: Icebreaker Activity

  • 9:30am  -  Exploration Stations

    •  Mind/Body Health

    • Transplant

    • Germs, Germs, Germs

    • Dialysis

    • Snacking Right

    • Medical Adherence

  • 11:00am  -  Animal Exhibit (kids)   Long Term Outlook (parents)​​

  • 12:00pm  -  Lunch  & Share Your Story (kids)                                           Lunch with the Experts (parents)

  • 12:30pm  -  Explore the Zoo!

Fun at the Dolphin Show

All event attendees are offered complimentary parking; catered breakfast and lunch; and free passes to the Zoo. Passes to the Zoo will only be given to those who attended the full program. 

 

Attendees are also gifted additional vouchers for special exhibitions, events, and shows.

Guests are responsible for any additional snacks or costs not covered by passes.

 
 

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The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is able to successfully impact the lives of young people, their families, and their communities with the help of our dedicated sponsors.

For more information on sponsoring this program, please contact Anna Dudt at adudt@nkfi.org or 312-321-1500. 

 

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