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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s fire…

By January 23, 2012June 9th, 2022No Comments

Fire.  What do you think about?  Stop, drop, roll?  Warmth when sitting beside your honey by the fireplace?

Fire can be great when it cooks your burger just perfectly.  Or when it’s the only heat in your house during a power outage.  But there are a lot of other things that fire can do that are not so nice.

We all know about replacing smoke detector batteries, right?  You don’t need me to tell you again, do you?  Just do it.

We all know that candles should never be left unattended, near pets, near drapes.  Correct?

And we all know we should never walk away from the stove when cooking.  We have seen french fry fires, Thanksgiving meal fires, and several others.  Let’s put an end to those claims, shall we?

But recently, I came upon a cause about which I feel passionate.  It’s regarding folks who’ve been burned.  This could have been a “fire” burn or a chemical burn, there are lots of ways for it to happen.  But the fact is that many burn victims endure a very special challenge when they survive such an event.  After they get through the surgeries, they still have scars.

Imagine getting through all of the difficult days and still be left with more.  Did you know that some scars prevent you from performing the activities of normal daily living?  Others may be hard to cover, too.  Visible scarring and disfigurement can cause a social stigma leading to emotional issues, including suicide.  Depending on how you look, it could be difficult to find employment.

We all spend minutes (let’s hope not hours!) a day making ourselves look our best before we leave the house.  In fact, our upcoming “CHIX MAKEOVER” is all about finding ways to look, and feel, better!  A lucky winner will get to enjoy the experience of a makeover and “reveal” evening in April 2012.

Only fitting is it that our charity of choice for the funds raised throughout this event be directed to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Scar Physiology, Treatment and Research Fund!  The goal of the fund is to ensure that every survivor can return to a normal productive life.

Did you know that LVHN is the only local place that will tackle this type of service to patients?  One machine, a fractional CO2 laser costs $80,000.  With $5,000 in donations, it could be leased for two months.

Watch for more information about our event!  Consider attending and enjoying an evening of fun and frolic…that leads to wonderful advances for local research.  Making a difference is a passionate goal of mine.  Won’t you join me?

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