VANCOUVER, Oct. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn
Fund has launched a public campaign to raise the last $2.1 million for
a new $13.1 million Burn Fund Centre.
The new Burn Fund Centre, to be built at 3891 Main Street, will provide
eight short-term stay units to meet the critical shortfall in
accommodation for burn and trauma patients and their family caregivers.
The Centre will also offer supportive survivor programs and resources
and retail space to help fund the ongoing operation of the building.
Construction is slated to start in Spring 2014.
"We've seen firsthand that helping with accommodation for burn and
trauma survivors and their families can be one of the most significant
contributions to help survivors physically and emotionally recover and
live a full life", says Mike Hurley, President of the Burn Fund. "We're
determined to give burn survivors in British Columbia the best chance
at recovery with this new home-away-from-home."
Each year almost 700 children and adults from across the province are
admitted to the Burn, Trauma and Plastic Units at Vancouver General
Hospital and BC Children's Hospital suffering serious injury. Patients'
health may currently be compromised when they have to return home
sooner than medically advised or live in accommodations not suited to
recovery from a burn or trauma injury.
"Burn survivors need their loved ones close at hand while hospitalized
and require suitable accommodation while an outpatient and highly
vulnerable to infection", says Lisa Lacamell, Executive Director of the
Burn Fund. "With the current accommodation shortfall its possible
survivors' recoveries might be compromised, but the new Burn Fund
Centre will solve the crisis."
Over 85% of the funds needed are already secured. This includes an
extraordinary $1.1 million in pledges from Fire Fighters' Locals around
the province; a donation of land from the City of Vancouver; $750,000
in donated services from Concert Properties and a $4 million investment
from the Province of British Columbia.
How can you help? Make a donation today. We are grateful for every
donation we receive and you can help lift us a few more steps up the
ladder to the best place for burn and trauma survivors. Donations
accepted on our website: Burnfund.org or contact our office 604-436-5617.
The BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund has been providing
Prevention and Survivor Support programs, and funding medical care,
training and research to the people of British Columbia and the Yukon
for almost four decades. The Burn Fund's vision is built by more than
3,800 professional fire fighters from fifty-three communities in
British Columbia and the Yukon who dedicate their funds, time and
SOURCE: British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund
For further information:
Lisa Lacamell, Burn Fund, Executive Director, 604-436-5617
Mike Hurley, Burn Fund, President, 604-436-5617