Alberta recognizes February 6 to 12 as Burn Awareness Week, a time to support burn survivors and to educate our communities about the dangers and hazards of thermal and chemical burn injuries.
Your donations help to support one of the best burn facilities in North America and Burn Camp, a unique opportunity for children with burn injuries to make lasting memories and friends.
Burn Awarness Week
The story of Burn Awareness Week begins in 2013 with Spencer Beach. It was then that the burn survivor and bestselling author began donating 5% of his book sales to support burn research. His book, “In Case of Fire”, recounts the story of his accident and his journey through healing. To date, Spencer has donated a total of $7,103.54.
In 2019, Spencer combined forces with fellow burn survivor Kelly Falardeau to continue raising funds for burn research. After their first year of efforts, they raised over $5,000. Since its inception, Burn Awareness Week has raised more than $12,000. With the continued support from sponsors and community donations, this is just the beginning of what’s possible to help raise awareness and assist those navigating their healing journey.
Spencer and Kelly have come together in recent years during Burn Awareness Week to not only share their stories with the public but also to provide education on burn injury prevention and provide a glimpse into what it’s like to recover from an injury and living with scars from both a physical and emotional level. Through their programming during Burn Awareness Week, Spencer and Kelly also work on raising money for the Edmonton Firefighters Burn Treatment Society to further burn research and treatment at the Edmonton Firefighters Burn Treatment Unit at the University of Alberta Hospital.
Due to pandemic-related limitations, in-person events for Burn Awareness Week have been cancelled.
About Burn Camp
The Alberta Firefighters Burn Camp, in partnership with Easter Seals Camp Horizon, is a week-long camping program for young burn survivors. Burn Camp is held annually in August and has an attendance of up to 70 campers, between the ages of 7 and 17.
Doctors, Nurses and Firefighters donate their time as volunteer organizers, medical staff, and mentors. Burn Camp can be a life-changing event for many of the kids who attend.
The success of Burn Camp relies on the friendships created with fire departments and their firefighters, burn foundations, and private companies across Alberta and beyond.
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