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survivor

Jai’s Family

Oftentimes, a burn injury has mental and emotional impacts on more than just the burn survivor. Several years ago, Jai, her husband and their three children, took a small vacation to ride quads in the desert. While at the campsite, her 5-year-old daughter, Rebecca, was sitting on a be
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Michael

Meet Michael… “Healing takes work.” Those are the three words Michael would use to describe his journey since he was severely burned in a fire pit accident ten years ago this July. Michael was camping in Idaho when he fell into an in-ground fire pit causing second and third degr
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Marius

Marius is a true testament to the strength and perseverance of the human spirit. His story is remarkable, and uplifting for any who face a difficult situation. Marius is from Romania, and at the young age of 8 experienced a horrific accident. He awoke one night to a house engulfed in
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Derek

One his way home from a training in Mammoth, California Derek Thomas’ life was completely changed. Derek was traveling with his girlfriend, two fellow athletes, and their coach when their SUV lost control, flipped onto its side, and was struck by an oncoming van. Derek was pulled from
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Diana

As with many young burn survivors, Diana was injured by a scalding liquid. At the age of 3, Diana and her cousin were playing in the kitchen when a pot of boiling water fell on her. She was rushed to the UCSD Regional Burn Center, and sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her neck, ch
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Jerry Davee

In 1978, Jerry Davee suffered severe burns while trying to save a close friend from a fiery plane crash. He spent nearly two months in the UCSD Burn Center recovering from his severe burns. One year later, Jerry received the Burn Institute’s Spirit of Courage Award for that heroic res
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