08 Sep Camp Phoenix
Camp Phoenix is a summer getaway event for burned children. They come from all over the nation, a few outside the nation, to enjoy a week with fellow burn victims. It’s a place where they don’t have to feel alone, singled-out, and can embrace in the similarities they have with other children who have gone through the same experience of being burned. They can enjoy the week full of activities and not feel the stresses of normal everyday life where they no doubt have to deal with the difficulty of living in such a superficial society. The camp is put on by the Burned Children Recovery Foundation every summer, led by founder and president Michael Mathis. Mike is also a burn victim, who’s efforts have generated the awareness that have made Camp Phoenix and the BCRF possible. The BCRF had some major good news this summer with some awesome contributions donated via the surrounding community. One such donation came in the form of a $130,000 check, thanks to Ryan Stiles and his hard-working crew. If you sift back a few posts, you’ll see one on the Ryan Stiles Celebrity Golf Classic. All proceeds from the golfing event, as well as a full weekend of fund-raising events, were donated to the BCRF. I was more than happy to donate a few hours to capture both the fund-raising weekend, as well as this opening day of camp to pay thanks to all of the community who put their time, money, and effort into the BCRF.
Many fire stations, police, military, community members, and a few of the celebrities from the golf classic were present. The Seattle Seahawk cheer squad, Blitz the mascot, and the Blue Thunder drum team were also in attendance.
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