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Canoeing and other outdoor sports aid burn victims regain sense of self

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On June 13, 2014,news reporter K.C. Kilpatrick-Stone of Social Media posted the following story ”University Health is hosting “Camp I’m Still Me” about burn victims at Louisiana State University Medical School and University Health in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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“This week, the Regional Burn Center at University Health is hosting “Camp I’m Still Me” for young burn survivors from all over the ArklaTex,” according to Kilpatrick-Stone.

Located just south of Marshal Texas, the camp is staffed by volunteers. Many of these volunteers, from the Burn Care team, include doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals from LSU Medical School and University Health Shreveport.

“This year, 62 campers between the ages of 5 and 17 spent the week canoeing, swimming,

“Burns are unlike any other injury. They are terribly painful, but can be psychologically damaging as well,” according to Dr. Kevin Sittig, Senior Associate Dean and director of the Burn Unit. “The whole purpose of Camp I’m Still Me is to try to help restore self-esteem. Being around other kids who’ve been burned, they can relax and have fun just like kids in any other summer camp.”

Camp I'm Still Me is sponsored by Percy R. Johnson Burn Foundation. For the past 23-years the children and young adults attend camp in Scottsville, Texas every June, at the Scottsville Camp and Conference Center.

The campers enjoy air conditioned cabins, pavilion, dining hall, playground, canoeing, swimming pool, fishing on the lake, and much more.

The Percy R. Johnson Burn Foundation named in honor of African American firefighter “Captain Percy Rudell Johnson, a ten-year veteran of the City of Shreveport Fire Department, who gave his life on September 19, 1984 as a result of injuries received while in the performance of hazardous duty as a firefighter.”

Furthermore, “Captain Johnson was a fallen hero, devoted public servant, a Christian gentlemen and a friend who was a credit to his community, church, and those with whom he worked. Captain Johnson was highly respected by all who knew him for his promotion of peace and harmony, as well as his extended efforts to assist others and for his obvious love of his job.”

Percy R. Johnson Burn Foundation
1501 Kings Highway
Box 610
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932
318-675-6589

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