One Million Reasons To Hug A Firefighter

Manitoba Fire Fighters have always been there when help is needed. Today, those men and women donated $1,000,000 for the establishment of The Firefighters’ Burn Fund Paediatric Endowment Fund with the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, ensuring that their legacy of hope and healing endures.

“To firefighters, there is no greater measure of courage than burn patients struggling to survive devastating injuries,” states Martin Johnson, Chairman of the Firefighters’ Burn Fund of Manitoba. “The heroism of burn survivors inspires the men and women of Manitoba’s Fire Service to volunteer their time and effort in raising funds to support exceptional burn care, treatment, rehabilitation, and research at the Children’s Hospital. Their incredible dedication to helping their community has led to this moment.”

The purpose of the Fund will be to support four areas:

  • Treatment, patient care programs, and the purchase of specialized equipment for all stages of burns treatment (thermal, electrical, chemical, frostbite etc.) provided in the Emergency Ward, Operating Theatres, Intensive Care Unit, and Burn Unit, and also including pain management and rehabilitation services for children.
  • Support ongoing educational opportunities, and developing research skills, etc.
  • Funding for Camp Phoenix, a camp for children aged 6 to 16, who have been patients in the Children’s Hospital burn unit.
  • Support research that has a real or potential impact on pediatric burn injuries.

“There is no greater gift than supporting a child in their hour of need,” states Lawrence Prout, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. “The difference that the Manitoba Firefighters will make will be felt for generations to come.”

Special thanks to all of the men and women of the Manitoba Fire Paramedic Service for going above and beyond to raise money to support the kids!