Youth & Family Kidney Camps
This program is temporary on hold for COVID, happening in limited capacity, if safely able to do so, and done online.
Where we focus on children with end-stage renal disease (pre-dialysis, dialysis and/or with a kidney transplant) and their families. Serving over 200 participants throughout the year each camp is woven together in serving our whole community. Our three Camps are held in central locations in Oregon and are overnight and multi-day experiences from 3-5 days.
Northwest Kidney Kids offers three Camp Programs - Summer Family Camp and Winter & Summer Youth Camps. The Kidney Camp experience provides a safe environment for children and families to gather for educational activities, parent and youth enrichment, emotional support, camaraderie, and networking. Participants receive support from professionals who understand these challenges, and children and parents offer meaningful support to one another and develop friendships that extend beyond Camp. Kidney Camp encourages campers to see life beyond their disease while addressing the emotional issues associated with kidney disease and empowering Kidney Kids to achieve lifelong success.
If you are interested in attending Kidney Camp, please email Mackenzie, Camps Manager, at email@example.com or call/text (503) 893-5671.
Suzanne Memorial Scholarship
Suzanne 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org text/call (503) 893-5671.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.