The Burn Institute reaches thousands of children and adults each year
through fire and burn prevention education, burn survivor support programs and the funding of burn care research and treatment.

  • Spirit of Courage Awards 2019

    On May 2nd, 2019 the Burn Institute presented 12 local heroes with the Spirit of Courage Award. This prestigious recognition is given to local members of the community who risk their lives in an effort to save another from a fire related accident. Held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel...
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    Camp Beyond the Scars 2018

    From August 6 to August 11, 41 children and young adults who have sustained significant burn injuries came together for Camp Beyond the Scars. Established over twenty years ago, camp is the Burn Institute’s hallmark burn survivor support program, specifically designed for burn injured children ages 8-17. In addition, survivors...
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    Home Heating Safety

    Home heaters are the second leading cause of residential fires in the US. Read out tips to stay safe while warming up your home. From 2013-2015, an average of 45,900 home heating fires occurred in the United States each year. These fires caused an annual average of approximately 205 deaths, 725...
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  • Chelsea

    Eleven years ago, Chelsea’s  life was changed forever when she was accidentally pushed into an active BBQ pit by her large family dog. Although undergoing countless surgeries and painful skin grafts, Chelsea remained in good spirits. While being cared for in the UC San Diego Regional Burn Center a nurse, recognizing...
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    As with many burn survivors, Maria’s trauma happened at a young age with a scalding liquid. At only 2 years old, 40% of her scalp sustained burns causing an altered head shape and difficulty in growing hair. Scald injuries are caused from hot liquid, steam or food that makes contact with...
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    “With the support from the Burn Institute and the love of my family I learned how to smile again.”  Meet Alex.  Husband, father of three and 20-year Navy veteran who is the sole provider for his family. In 2016, while driving to work in the early morning hours, an erratic driver...
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    The beginning of Aaron’s life was difficult at best; at just 24 days old, his biological father submerged him in scalding water, burning over 45% of his small body. Upon arrival, the doctors gave him less than a 10% chance of surviving. Aaron was placed into a medically induced coma...
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    “I know the fear you feel as you face never seeing your loved ones again.” In 2007, firefighter Brooke and her crew found themselves battling a major wildfire driven by Santa Ana winds. While attempting to rescue a father and son from their home, the group became trapped and engulfed by...
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Senior Smoke Alarm Program
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