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U-M events will help burn survivors heal and connect – and spread the word about burn prevention

Trauma Burn Center hosts May 31 survivor workshop & June 1 walk/safety fair

ANN ARBOR, Mich. For more than 50 years, the University of Michigan Health System’s Trauma Burn Center has offered some of the nation’s most advanced burn care -- from the early hours after a burn occurs into the years of surgery and therapy that often follow.

On May 31 and June 1, the center will help burn patients and their families connect with resources, information and one another, at a free workshop and awareness walk.

All burn survivors 12 years and older, no matter where they were treated, and their families are welcome to attend the workshop, to be held at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti, MI on the afternoon of May 31.

Burn care experts from U-M and the nonprofit Phoenix Society will address topics including new research on burn care, tools for thriving, healing the mind and spirit, image enhancement, and scar/therapeutic massage. Free registration is required; it includes a lunch before the workshop begins.

Then, the general public is invited to join burn survivors, their loved ones, first responders, firefighters, and burn care teams at the Second Annual Burn Injury Awareness Walk, starting at noon on Sunday, June 1 at Wiard’s Orchard in Ypsilanti.

Registration includes lunch, a t-shirt, and many fun activities for all ages.

The walk seeks to raise awareness about the toll that burns can take on an individual and a family, and the need for better prevention of burns from all causes. The 1.5-mile non-competitive walk route will take place on the Wiard’s Orchard property. Free parking is available.  

Following the walk, a picnic and safety education fair will offer booths with information on scald prevention, home safety, bonfire/gasoline safety, and cooking safety. There will also be information on aftercare services for burn survivors and their family members. The family-friendly event will include games and activities for all ages, such as face painting, miniature golf, moonwalk, trivia, bungee run, and a visit from a Survival Flight helicopter.

More about burns: Each year in the United States, 450,000 burn injuries occur that are serious enough to require medical attention. Burns are difficult and challenging injuries, and often have a life-long impact. The suffering caused by burns is made even more tragic by the fact that they are preventable.

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