Kids with Kidney Disease Visit T-Bones

Kids with Kidney Disease Visit T-Bones Stadium

Camp ChiMer kids to be special guest at Tuesday’s game KANSAS CITY, MO. July 30, 2013 – Camp ChiMer, a camp for kids with kidney disease and one of few camps in the country dedicated to the cause, will be special guests at CommunityAmerica Ballpark for the Kansas City T-Bones v. Laredo Lemurs game at 7:05 p.m.

The campers will be introduced on-field and will be greeted by Sizzle, the team mascot. Also, one lucky camper will be throwing out the first pitch of the game.

The camp is specifically geared for children ages 9 to 17 who are undergoing peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis or who have had a renal transplant. The camp is held on the scenic grounds of Lake Doniphan, a 100-acre privately owned facility east of Excelsior Springs, Mo. Children participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities while being carefully monitored daily by health care professionals.

Bradley Warady, M.D., pediatric nephrologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital, founded the camp 26 years ago because children with kidney disease are too complex to attend a regular summer camp. Warady wanted his young patients to have a chance to enjoy summer camp like all kids. He did not want it to be a place for children to receive dialysis and then throw in a few summer camp activities. Warady envisioned a full-fledged hands-on summer camp experience for kids with kidney disease while having their medical needs addressed.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City adopted the camp this year, and will make it a part of their programs for years to come .

### About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City is to reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families by providing a "home away from home" while they are receiving medical care at Kansas City-area hospitals. On any given night, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City serves 67 families. Annually, they provide lodging to nearly 5,000 families as well as open their doors to support more than 46,000 visits from family and friends of inpatients at Children's Mercy Hospital. By providing a comfortable place to stay, warm meals and other supportive services, RMHC-KC fights to keep families together during these tough times. Here they can experience a safe, peaceful environment to find respite and rejuvenate so they can focus on what's important: their child's health.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Emily Gretzinger, marketing and events manager, at 913-220-0146, or egretzinger@rmhckc.org.

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