SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) – A camp in Siouxland makes it possible for burn victims to enjoy their summer.
And a donation on Wednesday opens the door for more burn victims to have that opportunity.
Miracle Burn Camp began in 1995 and is a part of the St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation.
This year, an anonymous donor created a $100,000 Match Fund Donation to St. Florian.
Sioux City Firefighters teamed up with private individuals and local businesses, including The Marquee, Marty’s Tap/Brioux City, Firehouse, and Doxx.
They were able to raise the matching funds making the grand total of today’s donation $200,000.
One camp attendee says the camp has changed her life.
“I would not be the person I am without my burns,” said Zoie Evans, 11 Year Camper, Miracle Burn Camp. “All the people here have shaped me into who I am. Without that, I wouldn’t be here.”
Burn survivors, 8 to 18 years of age, have the opportunity to be themselves for one week of the summer when they attend Miracle Burn Camp.
“It’s where burn survivors who may not always be comfortable in their own skin can come and be surrounded by burn survivors at first,” said Jason Heard, Co-Director of St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation Fundraising Campaign. “So they can get in their swimsuits, things they normally wouldn’t do because they are more timid because of their burn injuries. And they get used to that around other burn survivors.”
But it isn’t just for those who have been affected by burns on their skin.
“And then it’s an integrated camp,” adds Heard. “So once they feel comfortable, they can be surrounded by other non-burn survivors and feel more integrated in the community.”
Miracle Burn Camp is conducted by a staff of professional firefighters, burn survivors, burn care professionals, and YMCA camp experts.
“We see fires every day,” said Derrek Trobaugh, Sioux City Fire Rescue and Vice President of St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation. “And a lot of times, if there is an injury, we don’t get to see the other side of it. After the fire is over, that’s where we’re done. We don’t get to see what happens after the fact. Coming here, and seeing what these kids have gone through, and see what these kids do, it’s amazing for us.”
The annual camp is free for kids- paid for by the St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation.
Wednesday’s donation makes that opportunity continue to be possible.
“St. Florian is built out of blood sweat and tears, and nothing but love and passion,” said Stacey Loen, said Co-Director of the Miracle Burn Camp.
The camp offers many activities — on land and in the water.
But one thing it offers, money can’t buy.
“Before this, I have never met another burn survivor,” said Evans. “And so just getting to be around people who knows what it feels like, and have similar stories to me, and being able to share my story, it’s just the best thing ever.”
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life,” said Heard. “But after I was burned I knew I wanted to be a burn surgeon after that- and that’s what I’m doing now.”
“Something that came from that horrible accident just grew into this beautiful place- and I love that,” adds Evans.
St. Florian serves Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota.
Miracle Burn Camp is always the second week of July.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) – For over the past month, Sioux City firefighters have been hard at work to match a major donation to a burn foundation.
This year, an anonymous donor created a $100,000 Match Fund Donation to St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation.
For the last six weeks, Sioux City firefighters have worked to raise funds to match the donation, partnering with individuals and businesses, including The Marquee, Marty’s Tap/Brioux City, the Firehouse, and Doxx.
The St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation was founded in 1993 from a partnership at St. Luke’s Burn Center and the Sioux City Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local #7.
The group helps to reduce burn injuries and survivors in the road to recovery.