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.
Camp Tecumseh, Brookston, IN
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 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.
Kidney Camp 2020 Update
After careful consideration and concern for our children, the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana has decided not to host Kidney Camp this year. The board, staff, and camp team care deeply about the health, safety, and well-being of our campers and camp volunteers and feel that hosting camp would put everyone at undue risk.
We know this is a major disappointment for all, especially the campers. We are working to determine an alternative plan to get together for fun and relaxation later this year. We are very much looking forward to Kidney Camp in 2021, which will be hosted June 4 – 8, 2021.
Annual Scholarship Program
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 application deadline for 2020 has passed. Please check back in January 2021.
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.
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.