Northwest NEWS

July 30, 2001

Editorial

Guest Editorial: Surviving burns requires support from many sources

from the Northwest Burn Foundation
   With the recent media coverage about fires, burns and burn recovery, the question may be asked, What happens next? For the person who has been burned, where and when does the healing begin? The recovery in our region begins on the day of the burn injury at the Harborview Medical Center Burn Unit. Their highly qualified staff provides excellent treatment at a very traumatic time.
   The support from family and friends is an important part of the recovery process. When loved ones are nearby, healing occurs more quickly. Additional support services include summer camp for burn-injured children, sponsored by Northwest Burn Foundation. Support groups, a partnership between Harborview Medical Center and Northwest Burn Foundation, also offer vital support services.
   Last week, 98 children, survivors of burns large and small, experienced a week of summer camp, sponsored free of charge by the Northwest Burn Foundation.
   For these children, there were no barriers to fun, individual accomplishments, shared feelings or positive interaction. The healing process continues for them.
   For more information, call Sharon Edberg, Executive Director at (206) 789-6838.
   To contact the Northwest Burn Foundation, call (206) 789-6838 or toll-free 1-888-NO-BURNS.