Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Burn Advocates Network Offers Hope to Survivors

This week I had the good pleasure of meeting Attorney Samuel Davis, a New Jersey/New York area personal injury attorney. Sam is notable as the original founder of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., a personal injury law firm representing those injured due to accidents, negligence, medical malpractice, and defective products (in laymen's terms, products that sicken, injure or kill people). Of even greater human interest is a new non-profit organization that Davis founded, Burn Advocates Network which exists to support burn survivors of any age--youth, military combat veterans, and senior citizens through the post-accident recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration. BAN does this by offering medical, surgical, and psychiatric care to help victims return to normal life as well as legal representation for those who were burned due to another's negligence. BAN also offers variety of programs and initiatives including Burn Camps and Children's Surgical Missions.

More on the role of burn camps for injured youth:
Burn Camps help young burn survivors cope with their painful new world. In the course of a few weeks, the campers build self-confidence, friendship, and learn that there is life after burns. We are currently the only organization that aids burn camps all around the country by sending them recreational equipment and volunteers. We raise money to allow the camps to reach more children in need, and to provide them with more therapeutic activities. The campers enjoy, for example, swimming in the pool, teambuilding activities, playing music and singing around the campfire.
As a youth burn survivor myself, I can appreciate the proactive role that Sam and BAN are taking to help youth live meaningful lives after burn accidents. In my case, I sustained 2nd-and-3rd-degree burns in my home country of Haiti due to a cooking accident at age 4. Due to caring medical missionaries including my future adoptive mother, Dr. Guy Theodore, founder of L'Hospital Bienfaisance de Pignon, and Shriners Hospitals for Children® in Cincinnati, OH I was saved from death, relocated to the US, and underwent 14 reconstructive plastic surgeries from 1985-1995. I understand too well the importance of having someone like BAN in your corner. The youth psyche is a fragile thing, and can suffer repeated blows from being ostracized by kids at school because now you're "different", even from stares or negative comments by adults who should know better. Like Shriner's Burns Institutes, BAN serves a critical role in the rehabilitation and development of youth and adult burn victims. Thank God for people like Sam Davis, Burn Advocates Network staff, mentors, and volunteers, and Shriners.

For more information on Burn Advocates Network, Ltd. click the picture below or contact 375 Cedar Lane Teaneck, NJ 07666 Ph / 877-BURN-411.

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