I want to express our gratitude for all the Denver Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation has done and continues to do for Burn Camp Participants.
My daughter, Rebecca, suffered a serious burn at the age of 13 during a summer when she wanted to be practicing field hockey, swimming and enjoying the typical social life of someone her age. Instead she was hospitalized and then discharged to weeks of pain that came with daily dressing changes that pulled at her skin and kept her isolated and alone.
An astute and compassionate staff member at the hospital saw Rebecca's emotional struggle and managed to get her signed up at the last minute for her first Burn Camp. Little did she (or we) know how it would change her life.
Over the course of several years, Becca attended summer camps, winter camps and an all-girls Boundary Waters trip. Her compassion, leadership and confidence grew. Rebecca met people whose physical and emotional wounds were much worse than hers. It stretched her perspective. The professionals, including the fire fighters, challenged her and encouraged her.
Your organization has continued to support Becca's success. She has benefitted immensely from the scholarships your organization has provided for each of her five years of college. She will graduate with a Masters degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in soil and water. You have reduced the heavy burden of her tuition debt.
On behalf of my husband and me, please accept our heartfelt thanks and the contribution enclosed that will pay it forward for other young burn survivors.