Originally published in May but I want to make sure everyone with kids in dialysis has a chance to see this… if not this year, then next year your child can have a summer camp experience.
It breaks my heart to think of children going through what I do or more. I’m an adult so, perhaps, I can handle it better. I’ve done all those kid things. But to be a kid and have to go to dialysis really cuts into those idyllic childhood moments such as Summer Camp.
I spent some summers in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina when I was young. We hiked, camped, star-gazed, and awakened to bright red dawns atop bald mountains with the morning fog filling the valleys below. It was a classic childhood summer. (When I added this picture, I realized it closely matched that on my blogsite heading. No wonder I used that picture! Those were the best summers of my life.)
But, because they are in dialysis or kidney failure, some children don’t have that experience and can’t go to a typical summer camp. However, there are many camps that specialize in children with kidney problems and cost very little (too often parents with a child in dialysis are financially strapped more than usual because of all the medical issues). The L.A. Times published an article about kids and summer camp at Mammoth, California. You can read it here.
There are many states with summer programs for kidney kids. Generally, you don’t have to live in the state to send your child there. I’ve listed a few here for your consideration and there is an “all states” directory that may also help. If you have a child with kidney disease or on dialysis, you have my heart-felt support. I hope this is helpful.
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