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Burned Children Recovery Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Health

Mission: Providing Hope and New Beginnings to Burned Children since 1989, We Let no Child Walk Alone

Results: The Burned Children Recovery Foundation has helped over 114,000 children learn how to live behind the scars and move on to a full and productive lives.

Target demographics: We serve low income families with burned children under the age of eighteen.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5000

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Burned survivors services: Emotional and financial aid to burned children and their family. Phoenix House: 10 Bed recovery center where burned children come and learn how to deal with what has happened to them after fire and burns have changed their lives forever. National Burned Children Camp Phoenix: Providing a fun and educational expireance for burned children since 1990. Fire safety education: Distributes 100,000 Fire booklets annualy and attends area Safety Fairs.

Community Stories

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 sambog84

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We came in contact with the BCRF about a year ago. The have blessed us more than I am able to express in this paragraph. They have helped with Christmas for my daughter, clothing for her. We flooded in Aug, lost everything we owned, the BCRF replaced all my daughters bedroom furniture making it possible for her to have a room again. Then there is camp... a place where she and other amazing children can gather and be themselves for a week... my daughter went for the 1st time this year and had the time of her life. I am so blessed and thankful for the BCRF

Dan-Linda H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been the camp cook for the past 19 years and have seen so many of the older burned survivors volunteer to come back and encourage the younger children by their stories and life experiences and love because of how they have received love and support from the foundation. Michael Mathis helps so many families survive emotionally as he has gone through everything they have.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have volunteered at the annual camp for burn survivors for the past 10 years. The camp is a great place for the kids to come together and share stories and learn how to deal with their scars when people make fun of them or stare at them. The adult counselors are available for one on one and group talks during the week long camp. In addition Michael Mathis hosts kids at the Phoenix House where they get additional counseling, love, and primary clothing and personal item needs met. Our lives have been forever changed by working with these kids which range in age from 6 to 18 years of age. It is so gratifying to see them come back year after year and gain self confidence. The older kids also help the younger kids learn to deal with their scars by sharing their own stories.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I dont even know where to begin about the BCRF.. they are like a family to us . Being a single mother is tough.. but try being a single parent of a burned child? It makes like 10000x more difficult. The BCRF stepped in a took that burden off.. they help with financial stuff.. dance.. clothing...making it to appointments.. Christmas etc stuff that wouldnt be possible without them...but they also provide emotional support. My daughter LOVES camp. I am so thankful the the BCRF.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Hallie. I have been attending camp Phoenix for several years.. it's my absolute favorite part of my year. Camp get me through the rest of the year. I am very thankful for all the burned children recovery foundation has done for me.. from paying for dance.. making sure I can get to my appointments 6 hours away..making sure I always have good clothes and all my school stuff. And for sure making sure me and my brother have a great Christmas. My mom tries but cant do it all on her own. Thanks

Angelique L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awesome place for burn victims . Michael Mathis and his team are some of the most kind, caring people you will ever come across. Michael Mathis has turned something so tragic (being burned as a young boy) into something so amazing. If you are a burned victim or know someone who is. Please do not pass up the chance to attend the summer camps. The benefits are out of this world.

Jessica L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

There isn't enough words in this world to describe our gratefulness to have this foundation in our life. They always go above and beyond with compassion and support and do all that they can to alleviate our stress. We are blessed to be a part of the BCRF Family!

Sincerely a Forever Grateful Mom of a 9 year old Burn Thriver

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn't imagine my life without this foundation! The people who support it and those who receive the support create a family like no other. We are there for each other in some of our best times and we can share with them some of our worst times. Our lives are forever changed and we are forever grateful and blessed because of BCRF!

Love from all of us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Burned Children Recovery Foundation has been such a blessing to my son and our family. My son was burned in a horrible accident when he was 7 years old. He has had over 23 surgeries and recovery had been extremely difficult for him. Burned Children Recovery Foundation helped us financially when my son was staying in the hospital. It was a huge relief. My son was able to attend their burn camp and it made such a huge difference. Being around others burn survivors and helped him so much on his recovery. He didn't feel alone. I am so thankful for this foundation and for what they have done for us.

Jennifer T.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are always available for support, whether it is an instant message or group events. Love this organization.

Feike van D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization, run by amazing and experienced people that have experienced loss and grief themselves. Burned Children Recovery Foundation has a heart for burned children and their families, helping their journey through suffering and pain. They organize amazing summer camps where burned children and their families from all over the United States learn coping mechanisms and have shared fun activities. Next to the camps BCRF helps funding for children through medical treatments, accommodations and meals during specialist visits, have a place for families near Seattle for families to stay during their treatments. BCRF help children with school supplies, sports and activities, helps families that have experienced with Christmas presents for the children and much much more. Our family has experienced a tragic and devastated fire and BCRF has had helped us through and through emotionally and financially over the last 4 years. Michael and Kathleen Mathis founders and director have been part of our family since the day Michael reached out with the promise to help our family.
We will always be thankful for what BCRF has done and continues to do for my family.

Michael M.10

Board Member

Rating: 5

What an Honor it has been to be the founder of the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. Since 1989 we have helped over 126,400 burned children return to full and productive lives. We are humbled by the thousands of volunteers and donors who have come to support our children since 1989, because we can't help our families without them. Thank you for supporting our children, it means a lot. Blessing to all, Michael and Kathleen Mathis

Brett B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the foundation the last few years and I'm blown away every year at camp by how the lives of everyone are changed. This is simply an amazing organization, and I'm incredibly blessed to be able to witness the incredible work that goes on here.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Mike since 1991 when my fire department was raising fund to help support this great foundation. The time, effort and heart that everyone involved in this foundation provides is truly amazing. These kids have endured a lot at such a young age and strength and courage that they carry everyday is something we all can learn from. To see them laugh, smile and cry tears of joy is why we do what we do. If it were not for this great foundation I feel a lot of these kids would not be able to live a lifestyle knowing how much good there really is on this planet. Keep up the good work

1 Tara Adams R.

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter suffered traumatizing burns two years ago, when she was 11 years old. She experienced lingering post traumatic stress from the experience, and it was impacting her daily life. She was very uncomfortable being around any sources of heat, including birthday candles, the oven, cozy cups of cocoa in the winter, etc. The Burned Children Recovery Foundation sponsored her to attend a burn camp for fellow children burn survivors, and it was transformational for Claire! Within two weeks of returning home, she asked to help bake cookies! She now makes her own eggs, tea, etc., and she lights her own birthday candles! She continues to benefit from the Foundation's love and support. She maintains friendships with fellow survivors around the country, and she has started to volunteer at her local burn unit to give back some of the love and support. I can't celebrate this Foundation's vital and completely other-focused work enough. It is proof that angels exist on earth. Thank you!!!!

1 Noelle Weimann Van D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi! We are a family of 5, but we used to be a family of 7. We lost a two year old and 4year old in an electrical storm 5 years ago. My husband and I were unable to save them as we were assisting our twin babies when the fire exploded. One of our twins was badly burned while in his high chair. He survived but needed 20 surgeries ( so far) to help him grow. The Children’s Recovery Burn Foundation has helped us every step of the way. From supporting our sons surgery and travel expenses to helping our family heal together during summer camp, to supporting specialized clothing and specialized trauma intervention! We are so fortunate for this nonprofit. They have provided hope in a very dark spot in our lives. They have united us with a family of burn survivors that show us we are not alone in our journey. They have made physical, mental and emotional healing possible for our little guy and family as a whole. We can’t thank them enough. Please support this wonderful organization❤️

1 Linda F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2012 my then 4 year old grandaughter was severely burned. The Burn foundation was there to help her and her family go through some very hard times. Their love and support along with financial help for trips to and from the surgeries and appointments helped her and family get through. Without them I have know idea how we could have done it. The camp has been a great for her to be herself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about Michael Mathis and the burn foundation in 2012 after my granddaughter was severely burned. Michael and Kathleen has been there for us in more ways then we could ever count. The foundation's burn camp has been such an uplifting experience for our granddaughter. Their hearts are so full of love for our special children. Not only have they helped Jadin, they have helped our entire family deal and heal from that horrific day that changed our lives forever. We could never repay them for all they have done.

1 Rebecca G.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My granddaughter Kenzie was severely burned in a fire and this amazing orginizatiind reached out to her Mother and made it possible for Zenzie to go to camp...And they are also helping them get into counseling .... I cant say enough about these wider full people !!!!

1 Kayleanna L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Michael and Kathleen have helped my family out so much! I’m so thankful for the genorisoity and moral support they have shown my family. My child was hospitalized for over 2 months and during that time I couldn’t work and I also was pregnant. I felt so alone and felt like no understood what kind of crisis my family was going through. After reaching out to the Burned Recovery Foundation they helped me in areas I didn’t think anyone could help in. My child had wound care appointments, physical therapy and counseling suffering from anxiety and PSTD and no one tells you parking isn’t validated nor do they waive any fees. Well The Burned Recovery Foundation paid in full for all of our travel costs and food expenses instead. This took a great financial burden off of my shoulders and I was able to focus on my child with the support of The Burned Recovery Foundation. I love how caring this couple is and supportive they were with helping my family out in the time of need. Thank you for all you have done it’s very much appreciated!!!!

1 MontanaRose

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with BCRF for over 10 years, and this organization has helped hundreds of burned children over the years, especially through Camp Phoenix. Camp Phoenix happens every summer with children coming from all over the US to attend a week filled with fun, laughter and given the chance to be with others just like them who don't judge their looks. They are also taught how to accept themselves and be able to be out in public, facing all the looks and stares. The founder, Michael Mathis, also a burn victim, makes two important statements: "Do you ever see a burned child in public - no. They hide." (which is why Camp Phoenix is so important.) And: " If you don't know where to look around a burned child, just look into their eyes. There's a child in there waiting to be seen." BCRF isn't just one week a year, it's helping victims and their families all through the year to cope, receiving counseling, clothing and love.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My late husband became a member of the Board of Trustees for BCRF that helped Michael move forward for his passion. If you ever attend the summer camp, you would be touched by the joy the children have in not being different, but with other kids who are like them. One year on the first day of camp, a young girl who'd been burned on her face and arms a few months back, sat by herself, afraid to mix with the other kids. I saw her again on Wednesday, in a swimsuit, sliding down the water slide with a smile on her face. The transformation was astonishing. Michael (and also Kathy) love each one of those burn victims and they know it. Michael always says, "Look them in the eyes and see who they are on the inside." And their eyes tell it all, and that melts your heart.

1 Frank S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation is absolutely amazing what it does for burn survivors. I had the opportunity to work with these wonderful people this last summer, which changed my life for the better. Their love and compassion for these children is absolutely amazing. Being a burn survivor myself, there is no other burn foundation that I have been involved with that has so much compassion and dedication to these young people. I am proud to be a volunteer and will continue to give what I can to support these young people. God bless you for everything you do.
Frank Sehi

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the honor to be a counselor at this incredible program this past summer and it changed my life. I am a survivor of a burn injury that happened when I was 4 years old. Growing up as a child with burn injuries, I know how hard it can be to be a long road and struggling time to be a survivor. I was a camper at the camp they offer for campers for two years and it was life changing. Hearing the stories of what the organization has been doing for the families I got to mentor is incredible. Providing supplies for their events at school or hobbies they have, providing support to families and children 24/7 when needed, and providing support in any way possible! These are incredible things.

I am truly honored to be apart of this program and I cant say anything but good things about them. They change lives every single day, including mine! They impacting lives and changing how we look at young people with burns is important to their mission. We strive to allow these children the opportunity to just be children! Because they deserve that. Seeing children come to came and let go for a week and just be themselves is so impactful! It is such a wonderful thing for these children. Children that have been through things most cant even imagine.

This organization is such a blessing to the lives of the children and families they serve. They impact hundreds of people every day. This organization deserves more than 5 stars!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to help out at Camp Phoenix, put on by the Burned Children Recovery Foundation, and it was an incredibly moving experience! Learning what this foundation does for burn survivors and their families, and seeing a small glimpse of the effect it has on their lives was very powerful. I am a huge supporter!