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Northwest Kidney Kids

Youth & Family Kidney Camps

Family Day Camp 2021!
Saturday August 7th
Willamette Mission State Park
10991 Wheatland Rd NE
Gervais, OR 97026

Registration is OPEN! Click HERE

Children currently experiencing end-stage renal failure from birth to 18 years old and their immediate family (two caregivers and children living in the home). A child experiencing end-stage renal failure qualifies for camp if they meet one of the following considerations:
1) a child on dialysis - HD or PD
2) Have received a Kidney Transplant
3) Referred for Kidney Transplant
4) Referred to Camp by a Pediatric Nephrologist
The camp is FREE for families because of the generous donors of NW Kidney Kids. We do ask that you only register if you are 100% attending. If something changes, please cancel as soon as possible prior to camp to allow the space to be given to others. No shows or late cancellations will not have priority in registering in future years.

If you need arranging a place to stay overnight, we can help. We also have funds available to help. The Camp Manager will prioritize lodging depending on medical necessity and age of children.

If you have volunteered for Family Camp in the past, you can confirm your spot! If you are new and would like to apply for a Camp Counselor position please email Mackenzie Kerper, Programs and Camps Manager before filling out the registration. Email:, Phone: (503) 893-5671.

If you have questions, please reach out to us at or (503) 893-5671.

Family & Youth Support Program

Throughout the year, NW Kidney Kids provides opportunities for children with chronic kidney disease and their families to meet others. We promote these program through our Family Newsletter and on our private facebook group. If you have a child who experiences chronic kidney disease and would like to participate in programs throughout the year please fill out the family form or contact text/call (503) 893-5671.

Young Ambassadors
A new program, focuses on young adults who have aged out of camp and come back to serve, educate and create a community for the next generation. The Young Ambassadors’ voices are powerful advocates inside NW Kidney Kids and in their community. Focus in 2021 is podcast, mentoring programing, educations through youtube.
**The first event will be a Group Gaming Session of Among Us on Saturday, July 24th at 3pm. That gives you almost 2 weeks to join the discord and get chatting and hanging out with some soon-to-be friends and familiar faces before finding them sus.
Youth ages 13+ with CKD & Their Siblings can join the Discord at this link:
Northwest Kidney Kids Discord

Mentoring Program
In 2021, a pilot program is being created to help families who are just starting their CKD journey. This program will focus on new parents who were diagnosed in the past six months. A mentoring program is being implemented as a peer support group targeting 8-12 years old kidney kids and siblings.
Fill out this Mentoring Program Form to get started

*For 2022, a direct 1:1 mentoring program for middle and high school with our Young Ambassadors to support them throughout the year, not just at camp.

NW Kidney Kids wants to provide a space for kidney kid siblings age 8-12 to come together and share their experiences, how they feel, and be supported by other siblings. We know this can be a difficult journey for the sibling too and want to support you in all the ways we can. This group will follow along with the nationally accredited Sibshops model. This will be an ongoing group that will meet every other month for an hour and will provide support all year long. Meetings will be held via Zoom.
Go Ahead and fill our this Sibshops Form and we will contact you!

Regional Programs
Throughout the year we provide numerous programs in various locations, known as Regional Events throughout the Northwest. Each event allows for youth and families to connect in their local area and gain support from their direct community.

Clinical Support
Each year, we invest thousands of dollars to support Pediatric Nephrologist clinics for families to obtain supplies and education to care for children at home. Our biggest needs have been providing Blood Pressure Monitors. Insurance often doesn’t cover these devices and monitoring at home is critical for kidney patients to prevent the acceleration of CKD.

Suzanne Memorial Scholarship

Suzanne Billings Scholarship

Two people presenting on stageSuzanne Billings was a pediatric social worker who dedicated much of her professional life to working with families of children with kidney disease. Suzanne was integral in the development of NW Kidney Kids and served as President of the Board from 2013 until her death in 2017. Suzanne radiated joy and pride in her kidney kids' accomplishments; she was a true champion for her families and is beloved and missed by all whose lives she enriched over the years.

In the spirit of Suzanne's life work, a scholarship has been established to promote independence and self-empowerment. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist in the development of skills and knowledge to facilitate life-long self-sufficiency for a "kidney kid". These funds can be used to support the higher education or technical training of a young adult with kidney disease.

Awarded during the Annual Gala to support the higher education or technical training of a young adult with CKD.

Scholarship application for 2021-2022 is due March 1st, 2021. Fill out the online application. Download the full application directions and required Letter of Reference and Medical Verification here

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