2012 New England Walk for Burn Awareness
3rd Annual Charity Event to Benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children®Boston,
IAFF Charitable Foundation and Boston Firefighters Local 718 Burn Foundation
Join burn survivors, supporters and firefighters from across New England on Saturday, May 19 for the 3rdAnnual New England Walk for Burn Awareness. The walk, to be held at Castle Island in South Boston, is a fundraising event to help support burn-injury victims.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children®Boston, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Charitable Foundation-Burn Fund and Boston Firefighters Local 718 Burn Foundation.
Participants will walk for two miles around scenic Castle Island. Festivities will also include a performance by the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes & Drum band, Shriners Clowns, local celebrities, children’s activities, and refreshments and tee shirts for all participants. The entrance fee is $25, with children under 12 free. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m.
The American Burn Association estimates that fire and burn injuries are the second leading cause of accidental death in children aged one to four and the third-leading cause of injury and death for those aged one to 18. Each year, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. suffer burn injuries.
“Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenBoston and the IAFF know firsthand the emotional and physical damage that burn injuries cause,” says Phil Tammaro, Billerica Firefighter and 3rdDistrict IAFF Burn Foundation Coordinator. “We believe there is a tremendous need to prevent these injuries from occurring and to make certain that burn patients continue to receive the highest quality of health care available to them regardless of their ability to pay.”
For more information on registering for this year's walk or to make a donation, visit www.burnawarenesswalk.org. You can also “like” us on Facebook at NE.WalkForBurnAwareness or follow us on Twitter via @bostonburnwalk.