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May 2018 Burn Bulletin

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May 2018 Burn Bulletin

Another Amazing Relay in Los Angeles!

On Saturday, April 7th, the 26th Annual Los Angeles Firefighters Burn Relay “ran” across much of the greater Los Angeles area. With two routes, the Inland Route and the Beach Route, 18 fire departments participated! We all began our relay at the Rio Hondo Fire Academy in Los Angeles, CA and then each route left from there bright and early. We’d like to thank the City of Santa Fe Springs Fire Department for hosting the start of the relay, as well as our finale!

On our beach cities route we visited the Beverly Hills Fire Department; Santa Monica Fire Department; El Segundo Fire Department; Manhattan Beach Fire Department; Los Angeles County Fire Department; ; Redondo Beach Fire Department; Torrance Fire Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department.

On our inland route we visited Monrovia Fire Rescue; the Arcadia Fire Department; the San Marino Fire Department; the Alhambra Fire Department; the Montebello Fire Department; the City of Vernon Fire Department; the Downey Fire Department; the Compton Fire Department and the Long Beach Fire Department.

Our finale was held at the City of Santa Fe Springs Fire Department. We are so excited to announce that our relay brought in $36,064!! This relay was run in memory of LA County Fire Department Dispatcher, Rey Dong. Rey ran our relay for the past 25 years and we lost him unexpectedly this year. His loss has been felt by all that are involved.

We have a few special thank you’s that we’d like to extend. First, we’d like to thank CHP – Southern Division for escorting our relay and keeping us safe. Without them there is no way our relay would be able to run smoothly all over the greater LA area. We’d also like to thank Ruch family members Ethan, Brandon, Riley and Cash for attending and continuing to support AARBF. Last but certainly not least we’d like to thank our organizers Santa Fe Springs Firefighter, Mike Kozicki, and Manhattan Beach Firefighter, Joshua Kueng for accepting the torch from Rey Dong and making sure our relay continues to run. Mike and Josh are absolute rock stars! The relay has definitely become a family affair and we love to see all the kids involved!

Sleeping with the Fishes

Over the weekend of April 6th – 7th, 23 campers and 10 volunteers joined us on an unforgettable sleepover trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We had a fantastic BBQ at Monterey Fire Department, and then got to explore the aquarium at night! We slept under the watchful eyes of the sea turtles and fish before a hearty breakfast with Monterey Fire Department and exploring the aquarium some more. A big thank you to Monterey Firefighters Local 3707 and City of Monterey Fire Department, and our amazing volunteers: Kitty, Armstrong, Maverick, Nagano, Barbie, Mayhem, Cat, Scooby, Radio, and Chop Suey.

The ABA Conference turns the big 5-0!

The 50th Annual American Burn Association Annual Meeting was held on April 11-13, 2018 in Chicago, IL this year. Jennifer Radics-Johnson and Daniel Chacon, along with AARBF Board Members and volunteers James Bosch, Patricia Mieszala, Cindy Rutter and Dr. Ruth Rimmer were in attendance. AARBF Executive Director Jennifer Radics-Johnson had a busy week hosting the ABA Burn Prevention Committee meeting, Federation of Burn Foundations meeting and California Burn Foundations meeting, as well as presenting during the Burn Prevention Workshop titled “50 Years of Prevention” and the Burn Prevention Special Interest Group meeting on “Firefighters in Safety Education.” In addition, Jennifer presented a number of burn prevention awards during the Opening Ceremonies of the meeting, moderated a poster session and provided a Burn Prevention Committee meeting to the ABA Board of Trustees during the Business Meeting.

AARBF Assistant Director Daniel Chacon was also in attendance and helped host the International Association of Burn Camps meeting. Daniel, along with Jennifer, attended a number of sessions at the conference which covered topics such as aftercare reintegration, burn camps and burn prevention education. It was a long week of information, networking and enlightenment!

We LOVE our Volunteers!

Volunteer Appreciation Week was April 14-21, 2018 and all that week we honored 15 volunteers that stood out on social media. These volunteers, and all our valued volunteers, were honored at our Volunteer Appreciation Awards Night event on Thursday, April 19, 2018. We had volunteers come out to the Clovis Fire Department headquarters, our El Cerrito office, and our Pasadena office. We can’t say thank you enough to our amazing volunteers; without you, we would not be able to provide all our programs and services!!

Administration Award

Peter ``Chop Suey`` Reynaga

Our Central California Administration Award winner, Peter “Chop Suey” Reynaga, first became involved with AARBF as a survivor in 2007. 7 years later, he became a counselor. In that time, he has come to love Champ Camp and the Getaway the most. He loves seeing other survivors become comfortable with their scars. Chop Suey has been a vital member of the Central California AARBF family. From supporting new survivors to helping me move storage and gear, from helping young campers find their way around camp, to translating a burn prevention presentation in an elderly care home. Chop Suey is always there to help. He is someone the foundation can count on for just about anything. For this reason, Chop Suey is being awarded the administration award. We appreciate everything he does for us and his fellow survivors. We couldn’t do it without you!

Sabrina Kwong

Our Northern California Administration Award winner, Sabrina Kwong, came to the foundation to do what most people fear: working on our database! We use Salesforce online software to keep in contact with survivors and volunteers. Without this technology, we wouldn’t be able to communicate with people and since communication is the heart of building community, we really couldn’t operate without being able to stay in touch with everyone! Enter Sabrina, Salesforce Superhero, who has been hard at work since last year’s Champ Camp, making sure that all the campers had up-to-date information and so that no one slips through the cracks. Since then, Sabrina has broadened into many more survivor services and ensured that we always have the best contact information for everyone. If you have ever moved or changed your phone number, you can thank Sabrina for making sure that we don’t lose touch! Thank you, Sabrina!

The Tierra Del Sol Foundation

The Southern California Administration Award goes to the Tierra Del Sol Foundation! Tierra del Sol Foundation (TDS) has volunteered for AARBF since 2013. They coordinate individuals and groups with disabilities to come in and assist the Southern California Office in various tasks. Some of which include: counting FISE coloring books, stickers, evaluations, parent letters, & brochures. They also assist with the many mailings that go through this office, such as Champ Camp, Ice Skating, Burn Relays, Torrance Spaghetti Dinner, Golf Tournament, Day at the Park, Holiday Parties, The Getaway, and some mailings from Central and Northern CA offices as well. TDS played an important role during the move to the new Southern California office in Pasadena from Burbank. Tierra Del Sol does so much of the behind the scenes work needed to keep an organization such as our going. TDS groups come in with a smile and are a joy to be around. They are amazing group of individuals who work tirelessly until the project is done!

Burn Survivor Services Award

Steve Knuckles

Our Central California Survivor Services Award winner, Steve Knuckles, has been with AARBF for about 30 years. He has been a massively influential member of the AARBF family. He has participated in countless burn survivor events, fundraisers, as well as has been instrumental in the expansion of our Firefighters in Safety Education burn prevention program throughout the state of California. Knuckles first volunteered with the AARBF in 1990, when he was a Firefighter with Atascadero and participated in the Central Coast Burn Relay. He’s served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. In his time with AARBF, he has supported and attended the Ski Trip, Surf trip, Waterslide Day at Champ Camp, Champ Camp, Young Adult Summit, The Retreat, and many fundraisers, the Central Coast relay, and many other events. In addition to helping with a variety of programs, he has been a longtime supporter of FISE. He has been instrumental in the expansion of FISE throughout the region. However, we are here today to celebrate his efforts in supporting burn survivors, so today, Knuckles is being awarded the Burn Survivor Award. It’s been an absolute pleasure serving with Knuckles at a variety of events, and we sincerely appreciate his support for burn survivors.

Linda Carrier

Our Northern California Survivor Services Award winner, Linda Carrier, has spearheaded the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Holiday Party for many, many years. However, even though it is a party that takes place in December, Linda is working tirelessly on the party throughout the year. Moreover, the toys from the Bank of the West toy drive, that Linda is the driving force behind, also go to serve the East Bay Holiday Party. We really couldn’t even begin to list the amount of work that Linda puts into this party without doing a disservice to all of the other magic that she pulls off for one truly amazing afternoon for survivors and their families. Last year, thanks to Linda’s hard work, 125 burn survivors and family members enjoyed toys, arts and crafts, treats, entertainment, Santa Claus and much more! Thank you so much, Linda and Happy Holidays! (We know you are already dreaming of sugar plums!)

Chris ``Buc`` McKeever

Our Southern California Survivor Services Award winner, Chris “Buc” McKeever, has volunteered for AARBF for over 10 years. He met AARBF through longtime friend Spaz. His first event with AARBF was Champ Camp in 2005, he has been there every year and does not plan on missing any in the future. Buc has also been a volunteer for the past 13 years at the Young Adult Summit. Other events that he has participated in include: The Beach Adventure, the Southern and Northern CA-Ski Trips, the Getaway, Ice Skating Event 2018, Southern CA-Holiday Party, & LA Burn Relays.

Buc makes it a point to get to know the burn survivors. He asks questions, and keeps them engaged in important topics and conversations. He has driven burn survivors to various camps, participates in fundraisers, donates, and is willing to help where needed. He is truly about the burn survivors and all about AARBF.

Burn Prevention Award

Dewayne ``Dash`` Eckerdt

Our Northern California Burn Prevention Award winner, Dewayne “Dash” Eckerdt, is a man of many talents with the burn foundation, but for this award, we would like to recognize him for his amazing accomplishments with the Firefighters in Safety Education Program. Dewayne has dedicated himself to the program for the past 10(?) years, from doing presentations, to organizing his fellow volunteers to do presentations, to training new fire departments across California, to now training dozens and dozens of new presenters in his own department! Over the years, the program has reached tens of thousands of elementary school kids in San Francisco, and thanks to Dewayne’s long-term dedication and vision, it is getting ready to educate even more. Thank you so much, Dewayne, for growing this program from a tiny seed to a super huge sunflower!

Gerald Reeser

Our Central California Burn Prevention Award winner, Gerald Reeser, a firefighter with Selma Fire Department, has been instrumental in the delivery of burn prevention education throughout Central California. Gerald helps in the administration of the Firefighters in Safety program at Selma Fire Department and has helped implement a new Senior Fire and Fall prevention program, Remembering When, to the Central Valley. Often volunteering his own time to help other departments, Gerald selflessly gives of his time, energy, and knowledge, to educate people about burn prevention. As chair of the burn prevention coalition here in Central California, Gerald has significantly and positively impacted the effectiveness of burn prevention efforts in our region by supporting a variety of programs and agencies in their collaborative efforts. He truly shows what it means to prevent further burn injuries in California. Gerald, myself, and members of the burn unit, Kings County Fire, and CAL Fire all attended a conference in San Antonio to be trained on the Fire and Fall Prevention Program for older adults back in 2016. While we left feeling lost as to how actually do the program, we all had a great time exploring the city, visiting the Alamo, and generally being a rambunctious group. For his dedication to burn prevention, Gerald is being awarded the Burn Prevention Award. Thank you for making Central California a safer place for everyone!

Maggie Valdivia

Our Southern California Burn Prevention Award winner, Maggie Valdivia, is a Community Service Liaison (CSL) for the Los Angeles County Fire Department in Division 9. Maggie is a huge supporter of the Firefighters in Safety Education program in Southern California! She has assisted in bringing FISE training (April 2015) to these departments: Temple City, Rosemead & El Monte, and South El Monte 2016. Most recently we trained firefighters in the City of Commerce (December 2017) and did a retraining for El Monte Fire Department all with Maggie’s coordination. Maggie has attended school meetings with the Senior Regional Manager & the School district’s superintendent and principals’ meetings to help pave the way for the FISE program.

Maggie goes above and beyond to respond to any request we have for FISE, as she sees the importance of having this valuable free program. She always says it’s a win-win for all; the kids get this life saving burn prevention tools and the fire department is involved within the community.

Maggie is one of the greatest advocates of the Firefighters in Safety Education program in Southern CA and for that we thank her!

Fundraising Award

Chris ``Rocks`` & Heather Bridger, along with Charlie ``Chuckles`` & Andrea Bonello,

Our Central California Fundraising Award winners, Chris “Rocks” & Heather Bridger, along with Charlie “Chuckles” & Andrea Bonello, and the Clovis Firefighters Association have been running the Annual Clovis Dinner and Dance event since 2011. The events humble beginnings started in the back corner in a local bar and has since grown to hundreds of attendants bringing in over $80,000 in 2017! Rocks has been a counselor at Champ Camp since 2006 after getting involved through the Chili Cook-off at camp in 2005 with Clovis Fire Department. Rocks also served on the AARBF board for a number of years, working hard to help build AARBF up to the foundation it is today. When asked why he continues to give so much of himself and his family time to the foundation, Rocks stated, “When I sit down and reevaluate my life, think about the stresses and things that keep all of us so busy, I always go back to where my heart is… that with AARBF and Champ Camp.”

Matt ``Cha Cha`` Simms and the Mountain View Firefighters Random Acts

Our Northern California Fundraising Award winners, Matt “Cha Cha” Simms and the Mountain View Firefighters Random Acts have been hosting an Annual Pancake Breakfast event, starting with firefighter and Champ Camp counselor, Jenna “Sweet Pea” Graham. This last year, the Pancake Breakfast brought in an amazing $18,000 to AARBF! Cha Cha has been a counselor at Champ Camp since 2011, last year taking on the daunting task of scheduler. When asked why he continued to give so much of himself and his time volunteering for the foundation, Cha Cha said, “From the outside looking in, it may seem like I’m giving a lot but from the inside, I walk away from Champ Camp getting more from camp than the kids.”

Chevron Fire Department

Our Southern California Fundraising Award winners, the Chevron Fire Department, in El Segundo, CA and the Chevron Fire Department Burn Foundation have generously donated to AARBF for many years now, often participating on the Los Angeles Firefighters Burn Relay. Last year the organization donated $15,000!

People's Choice Award

Rana ``Lil Bear`` Stevens

Every room Rana “Lil Bear” Stevens walks into inevitably lights up. She is one of those people that are such a joy to be around you wonder how you got so lucky; and we here at AARBF feel so VERY lucky to have Lil Bear as a volunteer and as a friend! Lil Bear has been a volunteer with AARBF for 6 years at Champ Camp and a year before that volunteering in the office. Lil Bear was brought to AARBF while her grandmother was a burn patient at St. Francis in San Francisco and she saw flyers and knew she wanted to get involved. It was kismet that she found AARBF because after meeting Jill Sproul while volunteering at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Holiday Party, she was able to secure an interview and get hired for her dream job, burn unit nurse! Lil Bear now serves on the Medical Staff at Champ Camp and says she loves it because “I get to help the kids feel better at get back to the fun at camp!” When asked why she continues to give up so much of her time to volunteering for AARBF Lil Bear said, “You just get so much more than you give. Getting to be at camp is like coming to a family reunion!”

Marianne “Yammie” Krassow, who nominated her for the award, had this to say about Lil Bear: “Rana has truly devoted her life to Burn Survivor support. She consistently has a positive spirit when working with all ages of Burn Survivors and does anything to accommodate their needs. She gives so much of her own time working on ideas, projects, and attending events to support Burn Survivor activities. Rana is extremely knowledgeable about the needs of survivors and strives to improve resources for individuals in need. Not only does Rana give her time volunteering, she also encourages others to join in! Her enthusiasm for Burn Survivors is contagious and her motivation to volunteer is amazing. I am so thankful she has introduced me to AARBF and through her volunteer effort I have been able to connect as well.”

Champy-On Award

Colleen ``Jeeter`` Youngblood

Anyone who has had the privilege of meeting Colleen “Jeeter” Youngblood knows that her passion and enthusiasm for Champ Camp is absolutely contagious! Jeeter is one of two Camp Directors for AARBF’s Champ Camp and has been volunteering with us since 1993! Jeeter also served on the AARBF Board of Directors for many years and now serves as an Advisory Board member. Jeeter was introduced to AARBF back when we had the Gold Country Burn Relay that ran along HWY 49, Northeast of Sacramento. She was a Paramedic at the time with the Folsom Fire Department and her station, #35, was a stop. Meeting the burn survivor children at the relay truly inspired her and ever since that day, Jeeter has devoted a tremendous amount of her life to Champ Camp from pulling her now husband, Jack “Chief,” into the fold in 1995 to making sure her children, Rhogian “Bolt” & Ehmma “Canvas,” have been a part of camp since they were 3 years old & 11 months old! Jeeter’s innovation, long-standing commitment and fun-loving spirit are why we’ve selected her for the 2018 Champy-On Volunteer Award. Camp could not run nearly as smoothly or efficiently without her and we can’t thank her enough for all that she does. When asked why she has, and continues to, commit so much of her life to AARBF and Champ Camp. Jeeter said, “Volunteering for Champ Camp is the perfect definition of unconditional love. It changes your perspective on life and ‘fills you up’ for the rest of the year until you can get back to camp. It helps me push through and conquer any challenge I come up against.”

Ruch Family Circle Award

Rey Dong

Rey Dong’s commitment and dedication to AARBF, and anything he put his heart and mind to, was inspiring to say the least. Rey coordinated our Los Angeles Firefighters Burn Relay fundraiser for 25 years and last year, he passed the baton on to Mike Kozicki with Santa Fe Springs Fire Department and Joshua Kueng with Manhattan Beach Fire Department. Rey was a retired dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and he enjoyed spending quality time with his family, traveling and cruising more than anything. Rey was always there to help in any facet he could and he made sure that everyone was always taken care of. We selected Rey as an honorary recipient of the Ruch Family Circle Award because Rey was absolutely a part of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation family. We lost Rey unexpectedly this year and it has been devastating to all who knew him. Rey’s loss will continue to be felt as our Los Angeles Firefighters Burn Relay continues each year but his memory will live on.

All volunteers that attended the event received a special challenge coin to recognize their many years of service and we hope that this token reminds them of their dedication, passion and unwavering support of our mission to significantly reduce the number of burn injuries through prevention education, and to enhance the quality of life of those affected by burn injuries. Challenge coins will continue to be distributed at burn survivor events to volunteers so keep on the lookout!

Pancakes and Burn Prevention

On April 14th, the Santa Clara County Fire Department hosted their annual Pancake Breakfast at the Saratoga Fire Station. This amazing fundraiser was attended by hundreds of Santa Clara Co. community members and our Development Manager, Stephanie “Pocahontas” Boydell and SCC Firefighter and AARBF volunteer, Evan “Kitty” Ferreira were there to teach burn prevention safety and to thank everyone for their generous donations!!

The Best Polenta in the State!

On Saturday, April 21st, the Colma Firemen’s Social Club hosted their Annual Colma Chicken and Polenta Dinner at the Colma Fire Department. Hundreds of hungry community members came out to enjoy the amazing food, especially their super-secret gravy that tops their iconic polenta! Our Champ Camp Mascot, Champy, loved it so much that he had two bowls!

A big thank you to the Colma Firemen’s Social Club for continuing to support AARBF with this fantastic event!

Scholarship Applications Due June 29th!

The AARBF World Burn Congress Scholarship provides financial assistance, up to $1,000.00, to cover cost involved in participating in Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress, a four-day international conference that brings together burn survivors, their families, caregivers, burn care professionals, and firefighters. Scholarship funds may be used for conference registration fees, travel, accommodations, and lodging. This year the conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI: September 12-15, 2018 and scholarship applications can be found at: https://www.aarbf.org/Survivor-Services/World-Burn-Congress.htm.

The Woody and Louise Reed “Bridge to Life” Scholarship provides educational support to burn survivors of all ages and family members of burn survivors who have been involved with AARBF and need financial aid to pursue a post-high school education. The purpose of this scholarship is to “bridge” the gap between the existing programs AARBF provides for survivors and their ability to attain a higher education. This scholarship program provides financial assistance of as much as $2,000 to those survivors seeking education beyond high school, whether it is at a university or technical institution. Scholarship applications can be found at:https://www.aarbf.org/Survivor-Services/Bridge-to-Life-Scholarship.htm.

For information on how to apply for either scholarship or to receive an application, please call Jan “Tabby” Share at 1-800-242-BURN or jshare@aarbf.org. Jan will be holding office hours on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm to address any questions about this scholarship.

Deadline is Friday, June 29, 2018 for both scholarships! Apply today!

Under the Sea at the Aquarium of the Pacific

On Saturday, April 28th, eight burn survivors and their guests enjoyed a fun-filled day exploring the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach! Everyone had the opportunity to see sea turtles, jelly fish, sharks, sea lions – among other sea animals. This was our 3rd annual trip to this amazing facility and we would like to thank our awesome volunteers who joined us for the day: Stacey “Snoopy” Shames, Kathryn “Cheese” Terry, and Kim “Shred” Tran.

A very special thank you for the generous donation from Aquarium of the Pacific – Long Beach of $5.00 entry vouchers for all our guests.

GM Global Fire Prevention Grant

On April 30th, David Viray, a Consultant Engineer with FM Global, visited our Pasadena office and presented us with a plaque and AARBF received a $7,500 Fire Prevention Grant.

FM Global is one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers and this award will be used to assist with fire & burn prevention education in the community to help reduce the number of fires & burn injuries. Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants to fire departments-as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide-that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.

To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program and other resources for the fire service, please visit www.fmglobal.com/fireservice.

Grow Your 'Stache and Bows for Dough start this month!

Have you signed up for a team yet?! The Grow Your ‘Stache and Bows for Dough fundraisers are coming up quick! That’s right, Grow Your ‘Stache and Bows for Dough have moved to the summer time and will start on May 14th! We wanted all our Champ Campers to see their favorite counselors sporting glorious mustaches and beautiful bows! It’s open to everyone and if you’d like to be a part of the fun, feel free to get your team signed up early at Grow Your ‘Stache or Bows for Dough.

We recently caught Padres, last year’s big winner, and Baby Bear chatting about Grow Your ‘Stache, check out their video here.

Contact Stephanie “Pocahontas” Boydell, AARBF Development Manager, at 415-495-7223 x17 or sboydell@aarbf.org for any questions or if you’d like flyers/promotional material to get people involved! Remember, bows are provided for Bows for Dough participants… sorry Grow Your ‘Stache folks, you’ll have to grow your own. J

Round Up Your Change for a Great Cause!

We now have an easy way you can make a big difference just by going about your day. Our new app lets you live your life and do good — at the same time!

The app is called My Donations to AARBF and you can find it in the Apple App Store by searching aarbf or by clicking here. It’ll be available for Android phones soon!

Every time you use a linked account we will automatically round up your purchase to the nearest dollar, and that spare change will be donated to help our important work. Here’s how it works: When you make a purchase, like $65.49 on groceries or $8.76 for lunch, we will round up to the nearest dollar and all those nickels, dimes and quarters will be donated to AARBF. And don’t worry, you can cancel at any time.

Please take a moment to download our app today, every little bit helps!

June Hot List!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • May 19: Day at the Park – All Regions
    • We need people to help with setup and breakdown, BBQing and food prep, and entertainment/games with the kids. Depending on your location, please contact either Anne (Northern California), Amy (Central California) or Margarita (Southern California) if you are interested.
  • Ongoing: El Cerrito Region Volunteer Opportunities
    • Please contact Anne “Kimchi” Hildebrand at ahildebrand@aarbf.org or 415-495-7223 x19 if you have interest in any of the following:
      • Each year, AARBF partners with the San Francisco Fire Department to educate thousands of kids in fire and burn prevention. This program also entails pre- and post- tests to track learning. We need help pairing students’ pre- and post- tests and scanning them so that they can be graded by a computer program and analyzed by a statistician.
      • We are doing a phone campaign to invite child burn survivors to Champ Camp, our week-long residential summer camp for burn-injured kids. We need volunteers to come to the office to make the phone calls to ensure that parents are aware that now is the time of year to turn in their registration forms!
      • We need help organizing the toys from our annual Holiday Drive. We are settling into our new offices and need help putting them into storage/organizing them to be distributed throughout the year and next holiday season.
      • Connections needed! We are looking for a new therapist for support group facilitation and for a food sponsor for the East Bay Support Group (1x/month).

Upcoming Events:

  • June 3: (1:30pm – 3:30pm), SoCal Survivors Support Group, contact Margarita “Cubby” Rodriguez, mrodriguez@aarbf.org or 818-848-0223 Ext. 16 with any questions.
  • June 5: (7:00pm – 8:30pm), Santa Clara Valley Medical Support Group, contact Anne “Kimchi” Hildebrand at ahildebrand@aarbf.org or 415-495-7223 with any questions.
  • June 6: (6:30pm – 8:00pm), East Bay Burn Support Group, contact Anne “Kimchi” Hildebrand at ahildebrand@aarbf.org or 415-495-7223 with any questions.
  • June 9: Central County FD Pancake Breakfast, contact Stephanie “Pocahontas” Boydell at sboydell@aarbf.org or 415-495-7223 Ext. 17 with any questions.
  • June 9 to 16: CHAMP CAMP!
  • June 10: Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation Hook and Ladder Run, contact Stephanie “Pocahontas” Boydell at sboydell@aarbf.org or 415-495-7223 Ext. 17 with any questions.
  • June 12: (6:30pm – 7:30pm), Central California Burn Survivor Support Group, contact Amy “Lotus” McPherson at amcpherson@aarbf.org or 559-621-4016 with any questions.
  • June 13: Media/Press Day and Chili Cook-off at Champ Camp, contact Stephanie “Pocahontas” Boydell at sboydell@aarbf.org or 415-495-7223 Ext. 17 with any questions.
  • June 13: (6:30pm – 8:00pm), Santa Rosa Support Group, contact Anne “Kimchi” Hildebrand at ahildebrand@aarbf.org or 415-495-7223 with any questions.
  • June 28: (11:30am – 1:00pm), Saint Francis Hospital Burn Support Group, contact Anne “Kimchi” Hildebrand at ahildebrand@aarbf.org or 415-495-7223 with any questions.
  • June 29: Woody & Louis and World Burn Congress Applications due!, contact Jan “Tabby” Share at 1-800-242-BURN or jshare@aarbf.org with any questions or to apply.