Blowing Rock, N.C. - It’s hard to shake the image of young kids and adults severely burned in house fires, gas explosions, and kitchen accidents.
But there is life after the burn.
Taking action and donating your empty soda cans are getting results for those burned and their families.
This weekend, seventeen families are spending the weekend in the mountains. Sounds pretty amazing, right?
Zip lining across the sky in Blowing Rock and walking on a mile high bridge at Grandfather Mountain are just a tiny piece of what the Burn Survivor Weekend is all about.
The more important part is creating the space for those severely burned and their families to meet, connect, and share stories with each other.
Like Airez Fobbs who was discharged from the hospital just a week ago.
“Coming to the camp actually helps a little, seeing other peoples’ story. People talking about how they got the skin grafts. How it happened to them,” said Fobbs.
The twelve year old was burned in a car fire in Rock Hill. This is her first time at the camp.
It’s also Daniel Avecias’ first time with his family. He was injured in an explosion at his work last year.
“My favorite part (of the camp) is meeting people from different places. I’ve heard a lot of new stories, what happened to them, how they’re going through it, and telling my story to everybody,” said Avecias.
He and the other families are getting results thanks to the community taking action. By donating your empty aluminum cans to your local fire station, you’re paying the way for these families to come and experience healing.
And in one case, an unexpected reunion of a grown man burned as a child seeing his nurse for the first time in 60 years.
“We called him Frankie back then. We always wondered what happened to these children. What kind of lives they had afterward. He assures me they had wonderful lives,” said Barbara Beck, who was a student nurse when Frank Hensley was burned during a school fire at ten years of age.