Each year The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho, in conjunction with the Great Salt Lake Truck Show, sponsors the Truck Show Family Kidney Kamp. Dialysis and transplant patients and family members annually spend the first weekend of September among the pines at Aspen Grove at the base of spectacular Mount Timpanogos.
Hospitals are forgotten as campers participate in fishing, swimming, hiking, basketball, shuffle board, miniature golf, racquetball, arts and crafts and motivational learning sessions. Motivational speakers inspire attendees with real life stories of facing challenges, overcoming adversity and dealing with challenges. Saturday afternoon “Follies” offer the chance for families and new found friends to bond together in fun and challenging outdoor contests. The spirit of fun, camaraderie and family unity lifts the hearts of patients and their families. Lasting friendships are formed and lifelong memories are made. Patients and families leave the camp emotionally, physically, and spiritually renewed and better able to cope as a family with the challenge of living day-to-day with kidney disease.
Here are just a few thank you letters from the attendees of the Kidney Kamp.