Welcoming Camp Kivita!

Camp Kivita campers will be joining the Wenonah family during Period Four ‘A’ (August 11 – 17). On behalf of the Wenonah community, we offer a heartfelt welcome to our new friends at Camp Kivita!

By Stacey Pollock Bar-Ziv, Emily Ghent and Christina Kosar – Camp Kivita Advisory Committee

Camp for children with chronic illnesses can be life changing. Camp Kivita, a camp for children living with solid organ transplants – heart, kidney, liver, lung and intestinal transplants, and those with end-stage organ failure, is thrilled to be partnering with Camp Wenonah for Summer 2013! Camp Kivita was founded based on a need for children with transplants and end stage organ disease to have the opportunity to meet other children who have had similar healthcare experiences and to be able to participate in a normal childhood camp experience that improves their sense of competency, independence, self-esteem, make new friends, learn new skills, and just have fun!

This will be our fifth summer operating, but we believe it will be our best yet! In 2009, thirty children attended our camp and in 2010 our numbers grew to forty children but the demand was far greater than space available. In 2011 and 2012 we expanded to allow more children to attend and offered children waiting for a transplant and living with end stage intestinal, liver and kidney disease (on dialysis) the opportunity to attend camp. In 2013 it was time to find a new camp home and expand programming and leadership opportunities for our children. We are truly excited to be joining with Camp Wenonah to offer our children the best possible summer ever and feel like we have found the best place ever to call our new camp home!!

Camp Kivita is organized by the Transplant Camp Advisory Committee and leadership team. We are a group of volunteers passionate about ensuring that all children with transplants and organ failure have the opportunity to attend summer camp. Our primary goal is fundraising to cover the cost of camper registration fees and ensuring safe and optimal programming. We continue to strive to allow all children who are medically stable after transplant or those living with end stage organ disease the opportunity to attend camp at no cost to experience the magic of camp. Camp could not happen without the generous financial support of our financial donors and partners which include the Kidney Foundation, the Citron Family (Ken’s Fund), KRG Insurance, David Foster Foundation, Doug Ghent Painting, the Ben Walker Foundation, and all the individual donors and supporters of camp.

We are delighted to be joining the Camp Wenonah family for what promises to be an outstanding summer and cannot wait to have you join us to experience the magic of camp in 2013!!

For more information on Camp Kivita, please contact Stacey, Emily, and Chirstina at transplantcamp@gmail.com.