Burn Survivor Support

Chances are that you or someone you know has experienced what thousands of others have – a burn injury. Although it is estimated that 80 percent of burn injuries and fire-related deaths are preventable, the fact remains that burn injuries continue to remain one of the leading causes of childhood injury and death in the United States. Every year, 250,000 children are injured and more than 1,000 die as a result of burn trauma.

Burn injuries can be devastating to adults, children, and their families. Unlike other injuries, burn injuries often leave behind emotional and physical scars that can last a lifetime. Those who suffer from severe burns must undergo physical and psychological healing before they can return to a sense of normalcy in their lives. Yet their lives are permanently altered. The Fire & Burn Foundation understands the unique nature of a burn injury and provides burn survivor support programs to help burn survivors cope with the long-term effects of their injuries.

Youth Burn Survivor Support Group

Support groups are available at the Edward G. Hirschman Burn Center in conjunction with clinical treatment provided by burn unit staff. To learn more, please call the social worker for the burn unit at (909) 580-1080.

Camp

Embers of Hope Camp for juvenile burn survivors serves as the hallmark of the burn survivor programs of the Fire & Burn Foundation. Each year children ages 5-17 attend a 4-day camp in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Camp provides a relaxed social setting offering burn-injured children the support and counseling needed to re-establish and enhance their self-esteem. Campers discover that they are not alone—that there are other children out there learning to live with burn injury. Burn Camp is a unique, positive experience for these children where they can be themselves, share common ground with others, and make new friends in a nurturing environment. Campers also get to do what kids do best – have fun!

For many children, this special camp is the first time they have seen another child with burn injuries. Campers begin to feel better about themselves and are better able to face their injuries with new coping skills and a renewed sense of self-esteem. Camp is a remarkable healing experience that helps transform burn victims into burn survivors. Many camp counselors and volunteers are off-duty firefighters and adult burn survivors who are uniquely familiar with the challenges these children face.

You can make a difference in a child's life. Donate now to help send a child to Embers of Hope Camp.

Special Assistance Fund

The Fire & Burn Foundation understands the healing and rehabilitation for a burn survivor can often be a long process. We are here to assist in all aspects of recovery.

  • Special equipment not covered by insurance - such as pressure garments to minimize scarring
  • Burn Survivor retreats and conferences
  • Counseling and support sessions
  • Special activities and group outings

To learn more, please contact the office at 909-580-6339. 

Emergency Needs Fund

Burn survivors face challenges that are difficult to fully understand. A serious burn injury changes the lives of the person injured and the lives of their friends and family. Fire & Burn Foundation specializes in burn support and understands the pain and suffering associated with a severe burn injury. The Fire & Burn Foundation has played an integral role in transforming burn victims into burn survivors.

There are a variety of burn survivor support programs available and all are free of charge to residents of the Inland Empire. One such program is the Emergency Needs Fund. The Emergency Needs Fund provides emergency and short-term lodging for low-income families of burn patients while their loved ones are being treated at the Edward G. Hirschman Burn Center at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Assistance may include emergency transportation to and from the burn center for required follow-up treatment and meals.

Parents or family members in need are referred to the Fire & Burn Foundation by the burn unit social worker and burn unit nursing manager. Determining a real need is based on several factors including but not limited to:

  • The patient’s family income level
  • Number of anticipated follow-up visits required to complete treatment
  • Available family resources
  • Availability of funds.

Once a need has been determined, Fire & Burn Foundation collaborates with the burn unit social worker to arrange for assistance.

For more information call the Fire & Burn Foundation at (909) 580-6339.

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