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, scholarships for kidney patients going to college, and an emergency fund for kidney dialysis 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness

I Want the Vaccine Because Sign
Joy sharing why she wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

People with kidney disease and transplant recipients are at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

In 2021, the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana is hosting a COVID-19 awareness campaign because vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed (also called immunity).

The Indiana State Department of Health announced on February 10, 2021 that active dialysis patients and post-solid organ transplant recipients will be COVID-19 vaccine eligible in Phase 1B. See details here.

Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. These vaccines cannot give you COVID-19. Learn more about vaccines, kidney disease, and COVID-19 here.

NKFI invites you to join the COVID-19 vaccine awareness program by downloading a sign you can print, personalize, and share on your social media. Tag the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram so NKFI can also share your images.

Kidney Camp

June 3-7, 2022

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 June 3-7, 2022. 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 1-800-382-9971 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 in 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 1-800-382-9971 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. If you are looking for hard copies of materials or have a specific need, please contact us online or call 1-800-382-9971 for more information.