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Annual camp helps burn survivors recover

With the goals of team building, personal challenges and strengthening family relations after a traumatic event, the Annual Burn Camp is held every August.

Burn Camp is held at Recreation Unlimited in Ashley, Ohio. The camp is available to any survivor treated at The Ohio State University Burn Center and their immediate family. Patients of all ages are invited to attend, from infants to elderly. The number of attendees increases each year with some survivors returning annually to the camp.

Special programs are planned for you that promote physical and spiritual well-being. Recreation Unlimited offers beautiful surroundings and several hiking trails. To learn more about Recreation Unlimited, visit http://www.recreationunlimited.org/.

Feedback from campers is used to improve discharge care. At the camp survivors get an opportunity to connect with other people who have had similar experiences.

Other comments from campers and their families include: burn survivor, “I can’t believe I could do this. I never thought I would be able to do something like this again.”; significant other of burn survivor, “This is amazing … he has never taken his shirt off since the accident over 1 year ago.  This was the first night he held my hand without a burn garment between us.”; child of burn survivor, “I like meeting other kids whose dads were burned.  They know what I am feeling.”; burn survivor, “It was just nice to forget about being burned and be a family again.  This is the first time we have done anything fun since the accident.”

Most of the cost of the camp is covered with money raised through the annual “Blaze the Trail” run, and other donations. Campers are asked to pay a minimal fee.

The annual event is directed by Dr. Sidney Miller, professor of surgery, director of burn research and development, and The American Electric Power Foundation Chair in Burn Care, and coordinated by Becky Coffey, CNP, Andrea Bigley, RN, Jacqueline Brown and other members of the burn team. “It’s a real group effort,” said Becky.

If you would like to know more about ways to give to support the Burn Camp and other community outreach please contact Rebecca Coffey at (614) 293-6084 or click here.