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 30, 2008

Warm Welcome

The Columbine, State flower of Colorado

Tonight is our fifth and final night in Denver.  We've had a wonderful time hanging out with Bobby and Joanna, and getting to know Matt and his wife Annette (make new friends and keep the old...). On Saturday night all of us went to a party at Matt's brother's house featuring "washers," an adaptation of horse shoes (a definite improvement upon the original).  Every one at the party was incredibly nice, and it was a real pleasure to meet some of Matt's family.  The next day the two of them took us up into the mountains to introduce us to some true mountain biking on the Peaks Trail from Breckenridge to Frisco.  It was only about a ten mile ride, but the terrain was a bit different than what we're used to.  Add the altitude (I think our highest point was close to 10,000 feet) and it make for an exhausting day.  Some parts of the trail were a bit technical, and I took a pretty gnarly spill at one point (Ryan saw it all and said he was surprised I walked away from it), but other than (and including) that it was a total blast.  Afterwards Matt and Annette brought us out to dinner at the Breckenridge Brewery, one of approximately one million micro-breweries in the area.  Matt and Annette are such beautiful people, I'm so glad we met them, and as we told them we are so happy that they are expecting a child in a few months, because they are just the kind of people who need to be raising the next generation of open, warm, hospitable Coloradoans.

Bear sign

Yesterday we took the bus to Boulder with Bobby and Joanna, and went out to all-you-can-eat sushi and bubble tea.  We also got to meet some of Bobby's friends who live there.  Today we took care of some bike maintainance business and spent some time down town.  Tomorrow, westward ho.

Go Broncos (this is for you, Corey!)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

looks like youre having a good time. we miss you in CT! stay safe and i hope i(and everyone else here) sees you again here soon<3 rebecca