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Gazette Chicago: KidneyCamp

Updated: May 16, 2023

From Sunday, July 2, through Saturday, July 7, youngsters ages 7-to-15 are invited to attend the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ Kidney Camp. This overnight camp is devoted to providing a fun and safe environment for youth living with kidney disease and/or a kidney transplant.

Kidney Camp is free of charge and is held at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, IL. The week-long event offers children a traditional camp experience while under the supervision of trained renal medical professionals. Campers can engage in activities such as swimming, boating, a high ropes course, arts and crafts, horseback riding, and team building.

Since the camp’s inception in 2004, hundreds of kids have been given the opportunity to attend Kidney Camp and connect with peers who have similar conditions, at no cost to their family.

Many children with kidney disease are unable to travel and participate in certain activities due to their health. Kidney Camp enables kids to be independent, build confidence and forge new friendships, and have a unique camp experience while continuing to receive medical treatment. To learn more about Kidney Camp or to register, visit

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