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.

Friday, August 22, 2008

O, Living God

Lately: less road kill, more living animals, thank goodness.  I heard prairie dogs make the most improbable sound, twittering like frantic songbirds as they ran from me into their subterranean homes; crickets like the sweetest, most seductive sirens, drawing me, at night, to the jagged shores of dreams.  I saw two quails and two jack rabbits, having never seen even one of either, before, in my life; a black widow guarding her eggs, just above my head as I lay on my back in the wide drainage pipe where I had sought shade in the hottest hour of the afternoon, and thanked God that I had not disturbed her more rudely; a flock of white birds circling a desert lake, seemingly having lost their way on some great migration to the north.

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