Patient Programs

The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana offers a wide variety of programs and services for people with kidney disease. Our core programs and services include Kidney Camp for children with kidney disease or organ transplants, Cooking For Kidney Health which is an in-person and virtual cooking class, as well as an emergency fund for kidney dialysis and transplant patients. We also have a library of educational resources for both patients and health care professionals. These programs and services educate and empower caregivers and people living with any stage of kidney disease to live a healthy and happy life with kidney disease.

Kidney Camp

May 31 – June 4, 2024

Camp Tecumseh, Brookston, Indiana

The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana (NKFI) is pleased to host Kidney Camp at YMCA Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, IN from May 31 – June 4, 2024. We are grateful for each and every camper and for all of our camper families for placing their trust in the NKFI to create a fun, safe camp experience for all involved.

The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana’s Kidney Camp is a place to let go of it all and enjoy life. Kidney Camp is a free 5 day,  overnight summer camp for Indiana kids ages 8 to 18 living with kidney disease or who have received a transplant. Since attending traditional summer camps may be a challenge or not an option for kids with kidney disease, the NKFI’s Kidney Camp provides an opportunity for kids to experience the fun of traditional summer camp complete with horseback riding, wall climbing, zip-lining, swimming, canoeing, basketball, tennis, fishing, arts and crafts, games, and much more while receiving the unique medical care they need.

Kidney Camp is run by staff from the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana with support from the staff at Camp Tecumseh located in Brookston, Indiana. Adult volunteer camp counselors help supervise cabins and activities. Additionally, medical volunteers (doctors, nurses, and pharmacists) attend the camp to oversee the medical needs of the campers. Interested in volunteering? Please contact us online or call 317.722.5640 for more information.

Annual Scholarship Program

NKFI Annual Scholarship

Each year, the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana awards scholarships to deserving individuals to pursue higher education in an academic or monitored occupational setting.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must:

  • be a graduating senior from high school or hold a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • be a resident of Indiana
  • be on dialysis, have a kidney transplant, or have a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease

The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana is redirecting scholarship funds to meet the needs that have developed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our hope to return to the provision of scholarships soon!

Emergency Fund

The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana offers emergency financial assistance to kidney patients. Support from the NKFI is for those who have exhausted all other options. The NKFI offers support with food, transportation, utilities, medication, and housing.

All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis and are dependent on available funding. All applications for emergency financial assistance must be submitted by the patient’s social worker. Social workers should contact us online or call 317-722-5640 for more information.

Educational Resources

The A to Z Guides  provided by the National Kidney Foundation are great resources covering a wide range of topics related to kidney health. The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana also maintains a library of resources for patients and professionals. NKFI also offers no-cost kidney education presentations for church groups, employee lunch ‘n’ learns, social clubs and groups of all sizes. Your group will learn about kidney health, kidney disease prevention, and the programs and services of the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana at a time and location convenient for your group. Please contact us online or call 317.722.5640 for more information.