From our burn survivor camp for kids to community-wide fire prevention, we transform lives.
“I now come to the support group to help others – to provide a sense of hope to others – and I find myself a stronger person by participating”
Hear Burn Survivors Tell Their Story
Burn Survivor Series
Fire and Burn Prevention for Our Community
Through fire and burn prevention, we help protect lives across San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Here’s what we accomplished in 2019:
Protect Kids from Burns
New parents and caregivers received scald-prevention tips and tricks.
Teach Kids Fire Safety
Students (K-6) participated in a fire safety presentation at school.
Save Elders From Fires
Smoke alarms installed for homeowners age 62 and over.
Help Pre-K Children
Children (age 5 and younger) watched a fire-safety puppet show in Imperial County.
Making San Diego & Imperial Counties Safer
I think our students needed to hear that information. I don't think they had been taught this before. They remembered the information because we had a guest firefighter come in the next day and they told him all about stop, drop and roll, back of the hand to the door, and to get out 2 ways."
My husband and I did not have any working fire alarms or carbon monoxide detectors. We are grateful for those who made it possible for us to have these important safety features in our home now. The installers were very kind. Thank you for your generous help."
Many of our students do not have family structures that prepare them for fire safety. For some of them, this is the only information they have gotten."
2018 Fire-Safe Kids
More Burn Survivor Stories
In August of 2018, Alexis’s life changed. While driving home late one night, she ran into a stalled abandoned vehicle and was immediately hit by another
11 years ago, Chelsea’s life was changed forever when she was accidentally pushed into an active BBQ pit by her large family dog.
At just 24 days old, Aaron suffered a significant scald injury from boiling water, burning over 45% of his small body. Today, he is a thriving
Due to a scald burn at 2 years old, 40% of her scalp sustained burns, causing an altered head shape and difficulty in growing hair.
An erratic driver slammed into Alex’s car sending him and the vehicle tumbling off the freeway. The car, with Alex still in it, burst into flames.
Attempting to rescue a father and son from their home, Brooke and her fellow firefighters got trapped, engulfed by fire.
Serving Our Community With
Burn Survivor Support
In 2017, 95% of Adult Retreat attendees felt a greater sense of hope, motivation and personal resiliency after the retreat. That’s the type of empowerment our programs provide!
Beyond the Scars Campers
Family Retreat Attendees
World Burn Congress Attendees
What Our Participants Say
The transition from the hospital, back into society was a hard one for me. The Burn Institute provided the tools to help me thrive.
Adult Burn Survivor
Because I suffer from severe anxiety, and for me to be able to not even have anxiety about what people are thinking about me, makes camp very special for me."
With support from the Burn Institute and the love of my family, I learned how to smile again."
Every contribution makes all the difference.
With your donation, we can prevent fires, reduce the resulting burn injuries, and help all burn survivors thrive. You can be a champion for San Diego and Imperial Counties’ safety and well-being.
Together, we can make a compassionate – and life-saving – impact on our community.