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We Made It!
August 27, 2017

We finished the Kayak-a-thon yesterday and escaped with only mild sunburn! The entire paddle took 8 hours and 40 minutes and we covered 25.8  See more

BENEFITING: CONNECTICUT BURNS CARE FOUNDATION INCORPORATED

EVENT: THE KAYAK-A-THON 2017

EVENT DATE: Aug 26, 2017

Kelsey Pandiani

THE STORY:

My name is Kelsey Pandiani and I am participating in the Kayak-a-thon for a third time to support the Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp. This year I will be paddling with Alexis Poolos, a close friend of mine from our first week of undergrad at High Point University. Lex is an amazingly talented designer, musician, and gives of herself to many causes - she recently returned from a mission trip to Honduras. I am looking forward to paddling across Cape Cod Bay together!


 As a child I spent 11 summers attending the Burn Camp and now I have another 3 summers under my belt as a counselor. As a kid, Burn Camp was the only place that I was free from uncomfortable questions, staring strangers, and crushing insecurities. It is a safe environment necessary for many young burn survivors recovery and has without a doubt helped me become the strong, confident, woman I am today. 


I believe that a long time counselor and mentor of mine, Paula Carlson, said it best in her article, "Countdown to Burn Camp" featured on the Atlantic Regional Firefighters Burn Foundation website: http://www.arfbf.org/recent-news1/ 


" To put the camp in perspective, let me give you some examples of what you may see during the week at camp. The camp has many activities provided throughout the week such as arts and crafts, archery, ropes, waterfront, theatre, and dancing. It is in these activity areas where the kids are truly challenged and where we the counselors see some of the most inspiring moments at camp. Overcoming not just your injuries, but also adapting with lessened mobility or even loss of limbs is what drives our support for each other. Seeing a camper successfully finish a section of the ropes course, hit a bullseye at the archery, or learn how to float in the lake, supports one of the camp objectives to “provide an environment that allows children to be challenged and accepted in order to develop a healthy self-esteem and move beyond their scars and live fully developed lives.”


 To an outsider, wearing a swimsuit, a short sleeved shirt, or not wearing a hat may seem trivial. To us, this is monumental. Time and again, I have heard our campers say that when they see other kids at camp not covering their burns, it helps them face the many self-esteem issue they may face outside of camp. In camp, the kids have peers who understand the challenges of being burnt in social settings. At camp, we foster an atmosphere where they feel safe and don’t have to worry about hiding their injuries. 


And finally, when the campers see and interact with counselors who used to be our campers or are themselves adult burn survivors, it demonstrates that growing up and achieving all of your dreams is possible even with visible burn injuries. In the day and age of looks, one can only imagine the fear a child with burn injuries must have about their own future. The ability to talk to someone who understands is priceless. It is beyond rewarding to see a camper grow up and later return as a counselor to give back the exact experience they were given.


 We are all volunteers at the camp. Our rewards come in the form of hugs and in the achievements of our campers. When they remember your name from the previous year, want you to sit by them at lunch, or wait all day to tell you a joke, that is our reward every day of camp. The camp is based on smiles, laughter, camp songs, and overcoming things once thought impossible." 


There are many counselors like Paula who continue to inspire me. Without their dedication and without your generous support Burn Camp would not be possible. Thank you!

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To This Fundraiser

$6,330

MONEY RAISED
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  • Andy and Lynn Pandiani

    $250

  • Jenna Carson

    $20

  • Corinne Haddad-Mullen

    $50

  • Christine Wood

     

  • Trish Cottrell

    $50

  • Danny, Ellen and Michael Murray

    $50

  • Kelsey Gordon

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Robert B. Jordan, IV

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Susan Gleason

    $100

  • Memère

    $100

  • Kathy Taylor

    $100

  • Lauren

    $25

  • Janet Vinciguerra

    $100

  • Lauren and Travis

    $100

  • Jocelyn Lavoie

    $50

  • Hans and Debbie Vought

    $50

  • Barbara and Bill Malcarne

    $40

  • Andy Deeb

    $250

  • The Chupaks

    $100

  • Zoe shapiro

    $500

  • Ann Benne

    $20

  • Ned and Mollie Stitt

    $50

  • Carole

    $25

  • Deb Sullivan & Jim Colbert

    $50

  • Tony Langelier

     

  • David & Teresa

    $250

  • Cathy O

    $25

  • Shelley Rankin

    $100

  • Betsy and Bill Rosser

    $50

  • Sue Bradley

    $25

  • Sheila D.

    $25

  • Bryan

    $100

  • Rich and Helen Rosselli

    $200

  • Greg & Tricia Machinski

    $200

  • Ed & Sandy

    $100

  • Grandma

    $100

  • Jonathan Stamper

    $30

  • Erik Sneed

    $100

  • Melinda

     

  • Jickie Poolos

    $25

  • Joel P

    $20

  • Frank & Beth

    $50

  • Rachel & Marcos

    $100

  • The Robertson Family

    $250

  • Chris

    $620

  • Craig & Lorrie

    $250

  • Barbara & James Vandehei

    $50

  • McElroy Boys (Christopher, Owen, and Ocean)

    $10

  • Mary Jane Sheahan

    $50

  • Austin Ayscue

    $100

  • Bob & Karen

    $50

  • Susan & Tod

    $100

  • Craig & Lorrie

    $250

  • DAN MOORE

    $200

  • Brenda and Victor Matz

    $50

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127% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Brenda and Victor Matz

Brenda and Victor Matz

DONATION: $50

Great job for an amazing cause 9 months ago

DAN MOORE

DAN MOORE

DONATION: $200

11 months ago

Craig & Lorrie

Craig & Lorrie

DONATION: $250

11 months ago

Susan & Tod

Susan & Tod

DONATION: $100

11 months ago

Bob & Karen

Bob & Karen

DONATION: $50

11 months ago

Austin Ayscue

Austin Ayscue

DONATION: $100

12 months ago

Mary Jane Sheahan

Mary Jane Sheahan

DONATION: $50

12 months ago

McElroy Boys (Christopher, Owen, and Ocean)

McElroy Boys (Christopher, Owen, and Ocean)

DONATION: $10

12 months ago

Barbara & James Vandehei

Barbara & James Vandehei

DONATION: $50

12 months ago

Craig & Lorrie

Craig & Lorrie

DONATION: $250

12 months ago