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kids & teens programs

about the programs

our mission in action

We know that a diagnosis of kidney disease can be especially challenging for children and teenagers. That's why we've teamed up with physicians, child life specialists, dietitians, teachers, and families to develop a series of fun, educational events focused on helping young patients and their loved ones navigate the hills and valleys of a kidney disease diagnosis.


Our Kids and Teens programs offer patients, families, and caregivers the opportunity to learn more about kidney disease, get insight into health management, and gain perspective on what to expect in the future. It is our goal to empower young kidney disease patients with education, and to connect them to communities and resources they may not have known were out there. By bringing young patients together, we show them they are not alone in their fights - - and most importantly: we remind them that it is still very much possible to run around, enjoy their childhoods, and have some fun.


the events

Kidney Camp is a specially designed summer excursion that lets kids and teenagers diagnosed with kidney disease take a break from their every day concerns, and revel in a classic camp experience.

June 23 -28, 2024 | YMCA Camp Duncan

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Young patients and their families will spend half a day learning about health management and kidney disease, and then enjoy an afternoon safari through the wilds of one of the midwest's largest animal sanctuaries.   

September 29, 2024
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Events

our sponsors

improving lives, improving communities

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

For more information on sponsoring any of these programs, please contact Wesley Bauer at


become a supporter

you make the difference

Fuel the future of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and help support programming for kids, teenagers, and young people by joining us in our fight. Click below to learn more about how you can play a major role in our work.

Ways to Give

Whether you give monthly, gift stocks, or donate through work: your generosity is at the core of all our work.

Sponsor an Event

Demonstrate your support of the NKFI, and make a major impact in the fight against kidney disease.

Get Involved

Join the NKFI in our work by volunteering, becoming an advocate, or hosting your own #TeamKidney event.

Support Us

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improving lives, improving communities

fundraising events

Join the NKFI at a community-building event, and help us create resources for education, patients, and families.


Take control of your own health and connect with experts and resources at one of our free educational seminars.


Learn from leaders in the field and deepen your understanding of CKD at an NKFI professional development day.

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