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Being badly burned is forever life-changing. And sadly, most of those who suffer burn injures in the Central Valley are children or young adults. In 2013, almost 60% of burn outpatients at Community Regional Medical Center were under the age of 25.
Take 11-year-old Raven for example. Community Regional helped get him back to being a kid after he suffered serious burns when his family’s outside fire pit caught his clothes on fire.
Luckily, Raven remembered “stop, drop and roll” and put out the fire. Burn education saved Raven’s life and it’s one of the many outpatient burn services Community Regional provides.
Burn survivors also require care long after their initial hospital stay, often undergoing painful procedures such as cosmetic grafting, reconstruction, and long-term physical therapy. These services, as well as social and psychological therapy are essential parts of the specialized care young burn survivors need.
Dave Bush, president and owner of David A. Bush Inc. – which operates Bush Construction in Hanford – and his wife Anne have pledged to help child and young adult burn survivors get the care they need. They have pledged to match, dollar-for-dollar, any gift made to Pediatric and Young Adult Burn Care this program up to $500,000. Their goal is to raise more than $1 million to help these young survivors. But they can’t do it alone; they need your help!
By making a gift today, you can help kids like Raven. Dave and Anne’s promise means your gift has twice the impact.
For more information on how to help, please call Katie Zenovich, executive director of Community Medical Foundation, at (559) 459-2938.
Community Medical Centers is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by federal law. Our Tax ID number is 77-0191730.