Kids & TeensLiving with Kidney Disease & Transplantation (Ages 13 - 21)

living with kidney disease & transplantation: 

teens & young adults

June 8, 2019

Holiday Inn Gurnee

Gurnee, IL

armed with education

helping young patients live healthy, happy lives

Teenagers, young adults, and their families will meet with physicians, dietitians, and relevant medical practitioners for a morning of hands-on education, and an afternoon of throw-your-hands-in-the-air fun. While parents begin the day talking with experts and participating in a series of kidney-health discussions, our young patients will enjoy an interactive learning experience with healthcare professionals that allows them to understand their diagnosis in an understanding, supportive environment. Educational topics may cover any of the following areas:


  • Information about new medicine

  • Managing a kidney transplant

  • Emotional support and wellness

  • Dialysis options

  • Breakthroughs in technology

  • Healthy snacks and nutrition 


Following lunch, attendees have the rest of the day to partake in the thrills and delights of Six Flags' rides, roller-coasters, and games. 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 Six Flags Great America will only be given to those who attended the full program.


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From the educational stations to artistic expression to thrilling roller coasters, relive the fun of the day.

Click below to view photos from the 2019 event.

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Six Flags Great America

The NKFI mixes our educational programming with fun, which is why we host this Living with Kidney Disease event at the Holiday Inn Gurnee, just across from America's favorite amusement park.


6161 W. Grand Avenue

Gurnee, IL 60031

Seminar Schedule

Saturday, June 8, 2019


  • 8:30am: Registration and Breakfast

  • 8:50am: Welcome

  • 9:00am: Introductory Activity

  • 9:30am:  Station Rotation Begins (Brief presentations, technology demonstrations, and Q&A sessions).

    • Dialysis

    • Medical Adherence

    • Snacking Right 

    • Mind-Body Health 

  • 11:30am: Share Your Story

  • 12:30pm:  Lunch

  • 1:00: Time for rollercoasters!

Rides, Fun & Games

All event attendees are offered complimentary parking; catered breakfast and lunch; transportation to the park; and free passes to Six Flags Great America.  Passes will only be given to those who attended the full program.


Guests are welcome to hop on whatever rides their families approve of.


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


pictures from past events

scenes from the path to health





program sponsors

helping children plan their futures

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 or 312-321-1500. 


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