Northwest NEWS

October 1, 2001


Guest Editorial: It only takes a second to change a life

from Northwest Burn Foundation
   In the last week we have all been touched by the trauma of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. Hundreds of innocent people became victims of serious burns in one fateful day. We at the Northwest Burn Foundation understand the devastating effects a fire can cause. As witnessed on Sept. 11, those touched by fire are forever changed. Families with lost loved ones will remember them forever. Burn survivors spend a lifetime facing pain, and the outer scars serve as reminders of the emotional trauma. For them, the upcoming years will be filled with surgeries and medical bills.
   In the wake of this tragedy, we are preparing to extend our support to families in New York and Washington. On Saturday, Oct. 6, you can help by joining the Northwest Burn Foundation (NWBF) and firefighters Give Burns The Boot. More than 650 firefighters and volunteers will be at shopping malls and grocery stores between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to distribute important burn prevention information and collect donations in their boots. Donations go to the Northwest Burn Foundation's programs that help to prevent burn injuries and support burn survivors. This year we will also be donating a portion of those proceeds to the families and firefighters in New York City and Washington, D.C.
   The Northwest Burn Foundation is a non-profit, community-supported organization dedicated to preventing burns and improving the quality of life for burn survivors through programs, education and research. The Foundation provides a summer camp for young burn survivors, emergency housing for families with loved ones receiving intensive care treatment of burns, burn survivor support group meetings, a direct aid fund, corrective cosmetic consultations and extensive burn prevention education programs. All programs and services are free. The NWBF also funds burn care research and training for burn care medical professionals.
   Please join local firefighters Saturday, Oct. 6, in the fight against burns. When you see them with their boots in hand, please pitch in with your donation. For more information, or to make donations online, please visit the Northwest Burn Foundation at