Something Good: AFF and Camp Kydnie

Something Good

It’s a fun way to fundraise and bring joy to young lives.

The nonprofit Association Of Faculty and Friends will hold its annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Hotel Hershey on April 11.

“AFF is the Association of Faculty and Friends at Penn State Medical Center. This is our 50th year. and the proceeds that are generated from the fashion show go back to the students, the medical center and community,” said Lisa Zacharia, the luncheon and fashion show chair.

The giving back is in the form of grants. One recipient is Camp Kydnie, a summer retreat in Millville, Pennsylvania. Children living with kidney disease and their siblings are invited to attend.

“It really is like a regular camp, so they do swimming, hiking, crafts, a variety of activities,”  said Dr. Deborah Kees-Folts, a pediatric nephrologist at Penn State Health.

The camp ramps up fun while easing the worry.

“I’m there as the camp physician and we’re there to make sure things run smoothly for them they get their medicines when needed. There’s somebody to check them out if they are not feeling well,” Kees-Folts said.

AFF members saw first-hand how donation dollars bring smiles to young faces.

“We did a site visit and we saw in action happy children some need medicine, dialysis went and came back,” said Betty Rigberg, AFF’s president-elect.

“What I love about Camp Kydnie is that it really gives kids time to be just kids. They’re not sick kids when they’re at that camp,” Zacharia said.

The time away is just what the doctor ordered.

“Organizations like the AFF who can be highly supportive of us really is the only way we can function,” Kees-Folts said.

This year’s theme for the luncheon and fashion show is Back to the 80s. There are just a few tickets left. —

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