Burn Survivors

What can St. Florian do for burn survivors?

A camper at Miracle Burn Camp.
A camper at Miracle Burn Camp.

St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation offers several programs that provide support for the burn survivor, both young and old. Our largest program, and one of our founding projects is Miracle Burn Camp.  As campers age out of Miracle Burn Camp, they are invited to attend the annual Young Adult Burn Survivor Retreat (YABS). St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation also endorses the S.O.A.R. (Survivors Offering Assistance In Recovery) program that is run through the University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center and it’s efforts to match burn survivors with new survivors of burn injuries in order to help them through the recovery process. For more information about any of these programs please visit our Survivors Support page or find the individual programs listed in the navigation menu under “Survivors Support”.

Why is burn support necessary?

In this day of extraordinary medical advances there remain two types of injuries that leave scars that are not only painful and long lasting but can be emotionally and mentally devastating. One of them is amputation and the other is burns. Deep tissue burns (3rd or 4th degree), leave physical scars that last a lifetime and may require several surgeries and skin grafts to completely heal and regain mobility. The medical professionals who perform the surgeries and skin grafts do their best to repair the physical damage; however the emotional and mental scars require an intimate understanding of the healing process.

Only a person who has survived and recovered from such an injury can understand the complexity of this healing process. Current burn patients and their caregivers benefit from seeing others who have made a successful recovery through such things as the SOAR program. Pediatric and young adult burn survivors can also learn from each other as well as older burn survivors through our Miracle Burn Camp program and the Young Adult Burn Survivor Retreat. We think that support groups are necessary because other burn survivors can serve as perfect examples and really show that “it can be done!”