Awareness Events

Camp Kydnie

Camp Kydnie is a week-long sleepover camp for children aged 6-18 with any form of kidney disease, including dialysis and transplant patients. It is held at Camp Victory in Millville, PA, usually during the first full week in July. Additional information can be obtained from the Pediatric Nephrologists, or at the Camp Kydnie website.

Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania Patient and Family Workshop

Each autumn Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania hosts a free Patient and Family Workshop open to all area persons with kidney disease and their families, at a local hotel. Nationally acclaimed speakers address relevant "cutting edge" issues, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions and voice concerns. The event also assumes a festive, relaxing atmosphere, with easy conversation and a sumptuous meal. Additional information and dates can be found on their website.

Jammin’ for Jess

Jammin for Jess is one of the premier fundraisers for the Kidney Foundation of Central PA. In November 1999, seven-year-old Jessica Orlosky succumbed to the complications of leukemia and associated kidney failure. Family and friends rallied to create a fundraising event in Jessica's memory to help other children who are battling kidney dysfunction. Jammin' For Jess is held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in yearly in late January. Over 700 attendees enjoyed dancing to live music in a festive atmosphere -- reflecting Jessie's love of life. With the proceeds from the premiere event, the Jessica Orlosky Fund for Children with kidney disease was created. A portion of the contributions is earmarked for Camp Kydnie, a summer camp for children with kidney disease, located in Millville, Pennsylvania. The event includes silent and Chinese auctions to further benefit children and families with kidney disease. Annual net proceeds have more than quadrupled since the premiere event.