A message from the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation

Ryan and Dwight hope to raise $10,000 to support the burn camp, which will host 70 children between the ages of 8 and 18. They are determined to reach the West Coast as a personal challenge as well as helping young burn survivors.

Started in 1991, the Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp is located in northern Connecticut on 176 acres. Every summer, burn survivors come to the burn camp, which is a safe and fun environment that helps kids heal emotionally and physically. The Burn Camp is free to the children, who come primarily from the Northeast and some foreign counteries, but any burn survivor child anywhere is welcome. More than 70 adult counselors, primarily active and retired firefighters and burn unit nurses, occupational and physical therapists, child psychologists and even a doctor will serve as mentors for the week.

It's also our goal to promote burn awareness and fire prevention and education, which we do year around. We sponsor a burn survivor, burned in a car accident that involved speeding and drinking alcohol, who speaks to high school students throughout Connecticut. We also support the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital, helping to purchase equipment.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Corn and Beetles

The corn alone is taking its toll...but the beetles just make it worst. (you won't see any pictures of corn from me.)

The corn is so monotonous, it seems endless, it doesn't feel like we're going anywhere. We're just seeing the same thing over and over again. It's like a constant re-run of corn. There is no variation from one corn stalk to another, they're all the same, they're about five or six feet tall and they're growing about four inches away from eachother, so you can't see over them and they're much too thick to see even a few rows in between them.
THEN there are the japanese beetles that live in the corn rows. They are about the weight of a nickel and they collide with us at about twenty mph. As if the collision isn't enough, they try to grab on to us for dear life with their beetle legs which pierce through our bike jerseys and stick to our skin. It must be funny for passer-byers to watch us bike through the corn, dodging and ducking to avoid these things.

It's a road maze through these corn fields! I feel like Danny running through the Overlook Hotel labyrinth and these beetles are Johnny.

Avoiding the beetles on my bike reminds me of an old-school video game, Asteroids. You have to avoid these things (beetles or asteroids) as best you can with your bike or space ship, which isn't so maneuvarable. The beetles move slow enough but there are just so many of them, you are overwhelmed with which one to dodge.

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