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Firefighters Kids Camp Helps Burn Victims Forget Their Scars

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Challenges - there are plenty to be had at this summer camp but make no mistake, some kids are more than up for the experience.

“It was kinda challenging. You get home-sick once you come, you get used to it. It's like your family.”

You see, these camp kids are young burn survivors - and climbing a menacing rock wall is only one of many obstacles they've had to overcome.  

11-year-old Anthony has already had more surgeries than he can keep track of and says sometimes he just needs a break. “I can hang out with other burn survivors, have fun and know that I'm not alone.”

“I've watched them make lanyards when they don't have hands or are significantly different from what they were born with. Wow - what an inspiration.”

Kenny Oliver is a fire captain from Menlo Park, California. He's been part of Kids Camp since 1994. He says this week is dedicated to recovery, healing and personal growth... and not just for the kids

This year, more than 50 young burn survivors are attending Kids Camp - fully paid for by the Firefighters Burn Institute of Sacramento. Many love it so much, they return year-after-year and some come even back to work as counselors.

“Know that you don't get through this life alone, you're never alone. These kids have friendships that'll last through their entire lives and it started here at camp.”

Firefighters Kids Camp happens every year and is open to young burn survivors ages 6 to 17.  

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