03:47pm Thursday 17 August 2017

U-M events will help burn survivors heal and connect — and spread the word about burn prevention

ANN ARBOR, Mich. For more than 50 years, the University of Michigan Health System’s Trauma Burn Center has offered some of the nation’s most advanced burn care — from the early hours after a burn occurs into the years of surgery and therapy that often follow.

On May 18 and 19, the center will help burn patients and their families connect with resources, information and one another, at a free workshop and awareness walk.

All burn survivors over the age of 12 years, no matter where they were treated, and their families are welcome to attend the workshop, to be held at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor, MI on the afternoon of May 18.

Burn care experts from U-M and the nonprofit Phoenix Society will address topics ranging from scar and pain management to coping and stress. Free registration is required; it includes a lunch before the workshop begins.

Then, the general public is invited to join burn survivors, their loved ones, first responders, firefighters, and burn care teams at the first-ever Burn Injury Awareness Walk, starting at noon on Sunday, May 19.

Registration is $10 and must be made at least one day in advance; the cost includes lunch and a T-shirt. The walk is open to all ages; check-in begins at 10:30 a.m.

The walk seeks to raise awareness about the toll that burns can take on an individual and a family, and the need for better prevention of burns from all causes. The 1.5-mile non-competitive walk route will begin at U-M’s Palmer Field and wind around the U-M medical campus. Free parking is available at a nearby U-M parking structure.

Following the walk, a picnic and information fair at Palmer Field will offer booths with information on scald prevention, home safety, bonfire/gasoline safety, and cooking safety. There will also be information on aftercare services for burn survivors and their family members.

The family-friendly event will also include games and activities for all ages, such as fire safety “fishing”, face painting, trivia, and a visit from a fire truck.

More about burns: Each year in the United States, 450,000 burn injuries occur that are serious enough to require medical attention. Burns are difficult and challenging injuries, and often have a life-long impact. The suffering caused by burns is made even more tragic by the fact that they are preventable.

For more information or to register, visit www.biaw.traumaburn.org .

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