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Fire Engine Relay Helps Young Burn Victims

Redwood City, CA - August 19 , 2005 - Each year, Bay Area firefighters sponsor a special fire engine motorcade as a high-profile fundraiser for the Alisa Ann Rusch Burn Foundation and its “Champ Camp,” which is held for free every summer for up to 180 children who are burn victims.

This year the fire engine relay starts at the Santa Clara Fire Department and heads north to San Francisco, stopping along the way to pick up donations at designated fire stations. The relay will stop at Redwood City’s main fire station at 755 Marshall Street, at approximately 10:55 am on Thursday, August 25.

The donations collected are used to bring happiness and smiles to the faces of kids that have known little more than pain and suffering since their injuries. Tax deductible donations, made payable to the Alisa Ann Rusch Burn Foundation, should be mailed or brought to Redwood City Fire Department, Station #9, 755 Marshall Street, Redwood City, CA 94063 (see for more information).

Firefighters throughout the Bay Area are involved in helping young burn victims recover and to provide them with an opportunity to do the things that other kids do, despite their injuries. The Champ Camp includes everything kids love to do: go-carts, tennis, swimming, a night hike, ropes courses, horseback riding, and an end-of-the week dance. For these children, anything and everything is made possible, regardless of their injuries.

Many of the firefighters who volunteer at Champ Camp have expressed how their lives were changed by working to provide these kids with a week of fun activities, to bring happiness into the kids’ lives, and to give the injured children some ‘normal’ childhood activities and excitement. New volunteers are always welcome, and should contact Redwood City Firefighter Jeff Timms at the number above.

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Jeff Timms
Redwood City Fire Department
(650) 780-7400

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