Miracle camp for child burn victims

Children who have received treatment for burn injuries will attend the Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa at Camp Foster in East Lake Okoboji July 11-17.

Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa began in 1995 as a one-day outing for children ages 8 to 18 with burn injuries. It evolved into a weeklong event and is jointly sponsored by St. Luke's Burn and Wound Center in Sioux City, and Children's Hospital of Iowa Burn Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The cost for each child to attend camp is $500, which is raised by the Burn Treatment Center through a variety of fundraising efforts, private donations and local fire department and other community activities.

More than 60 campers are scheduled to attend this year's Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa. Campers are coming from Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Connecticut. Campers will participate in horseback riding, fishing, skiing, archery, canoeing, arts and crafts, swimming, sailing and various physical challenges.

The goals of the Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa include providing pediatric burn survivors a fun summer camp experience in a non-threatening environment; providing esteem-building opportunities through physical activity and attainment of personal goals; and allowing staff and patient interaction away from the intensity of painful procedures in the hospital setting.

Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa is conducted by a professional staff of fire fighters, burn survivors, burn care professionals and YMCA Camp experts who volunteer as camp counselors and activity leaders.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 100,000 children receive care at Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.


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