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IAFF Burn Foundation and Washington Redskins Linebacker Robert Henson Support Burn Survivors at International Burn Camp.

Tuesday, September 28 FedExField 1600 FedEx Way Landover, Maryland 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Open Press

WASHINGTON -- More than 40 burn survivors from the U.S. and Canada are attending the 15th Annual International Burn Camp, an event in the nation's capital organized by the International Association of Fire Fighters' Burn Foundation to help teenagers cope with their injuries.

Burn survivors on Tuesday will visit FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, to meet Redskins linebacker Robert Henson, who lost his 10-year old brother in a house fire in 1997. Burn survivors will tour the stadium with Henson and other players. Henson will share his tragic, yet motivational, personal journey with burn survivors.

Burn survivors from 27 states and six provinces will attend this year's International Burn Camp.

Burns can leave scars that never heal. Often they leave emotional wounds that no medical care can repair. The Burn Foundation's International Burn Camp helps teenage burn survivors cope with the physical and emotional trauma caused by their injuries by allowing them to spend time together in a supportive atmosphere of common experience.

Each year the IAFF's Burn Foundation fully funds the International Burn Camp. Children who attend the Burn Camp also have attended a regional or state burn camp who are nominated to attend the International Burn Camp. Numerous IAFF locals, foundations, individual and corporate donors support the Burn Camp.

In addition to meeting with Redskins' Robert Henson, burn survivors participating in this year's International Burn Camp will tour the Capitol and major monuments in the nation's capital.

The goal of the International Burn Camp, which runs through October 1, is to continue its commitment to "Helping Heal Bodies, Hearts and Souls." More information about the 15th International Burn Camp, including a list of attendees, can be found here:

Did you know?

* 500,000 people suffer burn injuries each year in the U.S.

* 160,000 Americans receive treatment for scald injuries each year.

* 75 percent of burns to children are scalds.

* 4,000 people die from fire and burn injuries each year in the U.S.

* The IAFF Burn Foundation has awarded $2.5 million to burn research since 1982.

* There are 50 regional Burn Camps North America.

* Some 2,500 children participate in Burn Camp each year.

* Over the past 15 years, approximately 600 children have been invited by the IAFF Burn Foundation for a special one-week International Burn Camp in Washington, D.C.

The IAFF Burn Foundation, established by the IAFF, is dedicated to fire prevention and burn awareness education, advocacy, burn research and improving the quality of life for burn survivors. Created in 1982 as a 501(c)3, tax-exempt, non-profit, the Burn Foundation is one of the largest sources for burn research grants and the sponsor of the annual IAFF Burn Foundation's International Burn Camp, held each fall in Washington, DC. The foundation has donated more than $2.5 million to burn research. More information is available at .

The International Association of Fire Fighters, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the leading advocate in North America for the safety and training of fire fighters and paramedics. The IAFF represents more than 296,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect communities in every state and throughout Canada. More information is available at .
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