November 21, 2022
Finding Courage at Camp
Chloe was burned in December of 2021 when boiling water spilled onto her lap. She spent a week in the Arizona Burn Center being treated for her scald burns. Chloe saw posters of fellow burn survivors at Camp Courage and wanted to attend.
Chloe was excited, but nervous when she arrived at camp. This was her first time attending a summer camp and meeting other burn survivors her age. She became very close with her cabin mate and began to feel more comfortable with the volunteers and herself.
Chloe was delighted to try all of the activities. She especially loved the ropes courses and zipline, because she learned that her burns would not limit her. She just got to have fun. Chloe became secure with herself and her burns. She feels confident about making friends and getting involved in her community. She wears shorts to show off her “battle scars,” as she calls them, because they are proof that she survived. She is ready to return to camp next year and hopes to become a volunteer when she is older.
Now Chloe wants to be a support to other burn survivors. Chloe’s mom remembers her saying, “I hope that I can go back to the hospital to encourage others, and let them know that they’re going to get through this. If I can get through this, they can get through this.” This moved her mom. She said, “as a mom, it was impactful to see that she wants to give back. That’s what ABF created; you were there for her, so she wants to be there for others. So thank you.”
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