Children’s Burn Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support to children and their families who have suffered life-threatening burn injuries. They were founded in 1960 by Dr Eula Hall, the first female plastic surgeon in the United States, and her husband George Denny Jr., an orthopaedic surgeon. The foundation has helped more than 10 million patients since its inception–and was named one of “America’s 50 Best Charities” by Worth Magazine for 2017.
The Children’s Burn Foundation is committed to meeting each patient’s needs with personalized care packages including medical equipment, physical therapy or occupational therapy, prescriptions medications and nutritional supplements. With generous gifts from donors like you, we help give these kids hope for a better future!
The following are the seven influences of the Children’s Burn Foundation on global society.
1. Funds medicine research
Even with advances in burn care and medical technology, recovery from a serious burn is long and painful. Patients often need more than 50 operations over their lifetime; many suffer chronic pain for decades after the injury, which can be debilitating and lead to isolation. The Children’s Burn Foundation is committed to funding research that will improve the lives of burn survivors and those whose lives they touch.
The foundation recently awarded nearly $1 million in grants to support three promising medical research projects focused on improving burn care and survivorship, including a study seeking new treatments for chronic pain after burn injury.
The Children’s Burn Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children gave the initial funding to create the Pediatric Burn Research Consortium, which has grown into an international network of researchers from more than 20 burn centres. The consortium was launched in 2010 with the goal of improving outcomes for children with burns and inspiring new research to help these patients in the future.
The following is another example of the burn foundation’s influence on medical research:
This study will seek new treatments for chronic pain after burn injury, treating children with specialized formulas while monitoring their brain activity to learn how different ingredients work together to alleviate discomfort. This information can then be used to develop a topically applied prescription medicine to meet their exact needs.
2. Provide training opportunities for burn-injured patients and their families
The Children’s Burn Foundation provides continued care, life education, and support through a range of innovative programs that address all aspects of recovery from pediatric burns: neurological, psychological, emotional and social. Additionally, they provide virtual reality training opportunities for burn-injured patients and their families.
3. Provide financial assistance to the children’s family members who are suffering from burns through prayers and donations.
The Children’s Burn Foundation provides help and hopes to millions of burn survivors each year, funding new research in areas such as pain management, rehabilitation techniques, equipment development and more.
4. Provide education programs and resources to burn centres all over the world
The Children’s Burn Foundation has established an International Patient Education Program (IPEP) that offers support and training to new burn rehabilitation centres worldwide. IPEP ensures these children receive care equal to that provided in the United States, helping them face their challenges and build for a better future.
5. Provide free training videos about burn care and prevention for patients, families and caregivers to keep the knowledge available to all people who need them whenever they want it
The Children’s Burn Foundation has developed two online platforms that reach millions around the world: Camp Phoenix: A peer-to-peer online support platform that provides valuable information to burn survivors and their families, as well as caregivers. Camp Phoenix has been viewed more than 4 million times since its launch in 2015.
6. Provide virtual reality training opportunities for patients, their families and medical professionals from all over the world to train together without leaving home
The VR is a powerful tool for rehabilitation, treatment, and continuing education in burn care. Using the latest technology for simulating a variety of real-world environments, VR is being used to determine how well patients are able to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) on their own. In fact, most of the children who have participated in virtual reality training have actually improved and/or mastered functional activities they have been working on in the real world.
Burn injuries are devastating, and many victims are scarred emotionally as well as physically. They may suffer life-threatening infections, disfigurement or a loss of mobility that greatly affects their quality of life. The American Burn Association estimates that approximately 3 million people in the United States suffer from burn injuries each year.
Every year, the Children’s Burn Foundation provides more than 600 burn survivors and their families hope, healing, and life-changing services. If you love somebody with a scar on their face or an arm missing – show them that your love is deeper than their scars! Find out how you can donate today.
The Children’s Burn Foundation is a proud supporter of the 3M™ Flair™ and Flair Post-Op clinical trials as well as the 3M Summer Camp program, which provides burn survivors with summer camp experiences they might not otherwise have access to.
In addition, we are proud supporters of It Can Wait, a campaign aimed at helping parents prevent distracted driving injuries and deaths. The goal of the program is to educate teens about safe driving, especially when they use the technology behind the wheel; get parents involved in their child’s life both inside and outside of the home, and encourage all road users to take an active role in preventing distracted driving.