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Burns are terrible injuries and one of the worst injuries anyone can suffer. Severe burns leave scars both mentally and physically, and often burn victims must confront a lifetime of unwanted stares and harmful remarks. Because of this, the Burn Center Fund was established by firefighters, electrical workers, community groups, and other donors to provide funds to ensure excellence in burn patient care, research, and education. The Burn Fund provides financial support for the following initiatives:

Burn Prevention and Education Programs 
 Thousands of children have learned life-saving burn prevention lessons through participation in the Children’s Fire Safety Festival that is supported by the Burn Fund. The Burn Fund also supports continuing medical education for the clinical burn team, ensuring the highest level of burn-care expertise for our patients.

The Children’s Fire Safety Festival Held in conjunction with area fire departments, teaches school children life-saving burn prevention lessons. Ranging from kindergarten to third grade, the students participate in fun, interactive education about the basics of fire safety, including how to escape a fire in their home and what to do if their clothes catch on fire.

The Return to School Program is for children recovering from burn injuries that include school visits by nurses, social workers, and therapists. This skilled team can answer questions for teachers and classmates and help young patients regain acceptance and support from their peers.

The Juvenile Firesetter Program brings together parents, teachers, and county and state officials concerned about the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders who have been caught starting fires. A special educational program at the UM/JM Burn Center is available to explain the serious consequences of playing with fire.

The Children’s Burn Camp is the first statewide burn camp of its kind in Florida. By attending the Burn Camp, children that have been burned will have many life-enhancing experiences that will help them learn, grow, and develop. The burn camp allows children that have been burned to realize that they are not the only ones with burn-scarred bodies. The camp provides an environment where children can share their feelings about being burned, realizing that others have had similar experiences, forget that they look different, and know that they are “someone special.”

Patient Care The state-of-the art Burn Intensive Care Unit was built and equipped by the Burn Fund to provide cutting-edge clinical care and a team of highly skilled surgeons, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, information science specialists, and nutritionists. In order to provide the most advanced medical care to victims of burn injuries throughout their hospitalization and rehabilitation process.

Research 
The Burn Research Programs are aimed at developing new burn treatment methods. Research is the key to improving burn care treatment and our clinicians and scientist’s work side by side to unravel the complexities of the body’s response to burn injury.

Please make checks payable to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center, and mail to the following address:

Clinical Research Building
1120 NW 14th Street, Suite 464A
Miami, FL. 33136
Phone: 305-243-4150

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