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In addition to the kits, the Foundation donated $50,000 to the Y and Camp Duncan, with much of that money supporting camp scholarships.
“This gift directly supports these important specialty camps that challenge youth and teens with diabetes and kidney disease to reach their full potential,” said Kim Kiser, Executive Director of Camp Duncan. “It also helps expand our healthy living programming, from emphasizing active lifestyles to nutrition.”
Kiser explains that Camp Duncan fosters resiliency which helps campers handle life’s inevitable changes and losses. She says camp has a gentle and fun way of pushing children out of their comfort zones.
“Fresenius Kidney Care has made a huge impact on so many children’s lives this summer,” said Kiser.
“Some of the kids would not have been able to attend the camp without our donation,” Gurchiek said. “They were so appreciative.”
After spending most of the day on site, the Fresenius team received a crew oar engraved with a note of appreciation, which is now mounted on a wall at the camp.
“It was really moving and a great reminder of the impact we can have on so many different people,” Gurchiek said. “Just before we left, a 10-year-old boy came up to me and thanked us for taking care of his grandfather, a former patient of ours. He told us that because of us, his grandfather was able to walk his mother down the aisle at her wedding. I couldn’t help but cry.”
A video highlighting the Fresenius Medical Care Foundation launch event in Chicago can be watched below.