Burn injuries continue to be a significant problem in the United States and they are second to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. Learn more in this post and maybe prevent an accident.
Every drop of kindness has a ripple effect.
You never know how far reaching each ripple might be.
In his years as a surgeon, Dr. Gayken has had to make difficult split second decisions that save limbs and lives of the patients in his care. He is very talented but that’s only part of his magical powers. He has the kindest heart as well. Dr. Gayken is a humble family man who experienced skin grafting himself as a patient nearly 20 years ago. He knows the pain all too well. He knows the emotional toll. We are so thankful for his partnership.
People come in and out of our lives but some will forever change how we think, feel, respond, act and care. Alison is one of those people!
For the last few years, Alison has been the liaison between the Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Unit and Firefighters for Healing (FFFH). She had the opportunity to be on the inside, working directly with patients and was able to identify patient needs and communicate those needs to FFFH. FFFH is growing every year as a foundation and is able to help more and more patients. Working with FFFH has made working on the Burn Unit much more rewarding. Whether it is finding kids who are candidates for burn camp, making the holidays a little brighter by surprising patients with a holiday gift or treat...FFFH helps assure patients that they are not alone.
Thank you Alison for your partnership! We wish you luck on your next adventure!!
Author Kevin Kruse said, Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. During our time at the HCMC Burn Unit we were giving hope and being there to embrace families in need. The age range of patients we helped and the varied stories of how they were burned compounds the emotions we all experienced. Click here for the photo gallery.
Fire engine red ties, dresses & accessories packed The Exchange in downtown Minneapolis for a night of entertainment, auctions and community support. From the St. Paul Fire Dept. Piper and Drums to the boom boom of dance music, loads of silent auction items to priceless live auction packages – the evening was five senses of FUN! Click here for the photo gallery.