Edward Dowling, from St. James, New York, was burned at the age of three, resulting in a 70% loss of total lip surface and severe tissue damage to the inside of his mouth. Ed was positively influenced by his years at burn camp, making close friends. He is attending Adelphi University and plans to attain degrees in psychology and education so he can use his life experience to help children in crisis.
Justin Kietzman, from Edgeley, North Dakota, received a 20% TBSA burn of first- and second-degree affecting his face and lower legs. While in high school, he was involved in musical theatre as an actor, member of the choir, the school band and technical assistant for productions. Justin is studying at Northern State University where he would like to earn a degree in education.
Paloma Siordia, from Rio Rico, Arizona, was burned at age 13 by an exploding aerosol can, sustaining 22% TBSA, with second- and third-degree burns. Her face, upper extremities and left thigh were affected. Paloma says her positive experience with reconstructive surgery made her determined to enter that field. She feels her own burn experience will make her a more understanding doctor. She is studying at Loyola College in Maryland.
Melissa Cebula is from White Bear Lake, Minnesota. She sustained a TBSA burn of 40%, second- and third-degree when, at the age of four, a kettle of boiling water fell on her. She feels the adverse affects of her injuries were offset by her positive experience at burn camp. She hopes to become a pediatric nurse to help other children who share her burn experience. Melissa is attending the University of Wisconsin – Eau Clair.
Rebecca Benoit of New Jersey was
burned in a house fire at the age
of nine and sustained a burn area
of over 60 percent of her body, losing
much of her right hand. She has been
awarded a scholarship to Lincoln University.
Rebecca’s interests include
languages, designing web pages, singing
opera, R&B and Gospel music and
volunteering at a local hospital.
Amanda Degan was burned on her back
and arms in a kitchen accident at
ten months. Her scholarship will help
her attend Cabrini College in Pennsylvania
where she hopes to study physical
therapy. She has attended burn camp
since she was 14 years old and next
year will return as a counselor. Amanda
plans to work someday with burned
Raienier Means sustained a serious
scald burn in a kitchen accident at
the age of three, which caused much
loss of function. She has received
a scholar-ship to attend Delaware
State University where she is studying
business administration. Rainier has
volunteered at numerous community
events for youth in Baltimore County,
Gina Patterson sustained full-thickness
burns to 80 percent of her body at
age eleven in a flash fire that killed
her father and sister. She has served
as a burn camp counselor since 1999
and in 2002 she earned a BS in kinesiology
from Texas A&M. Her scholarship
will help pay for her teaching certificate
to teach kinesiology at the college
Caterina Saracino was just two years
old when she was placed into a tub
of scalding water sustaining serious
burns to fifty percent of her body.
FHF has awarded her a scholarship
to help her attend Hobart & William
Smith College where she plans to study
architecture. Caterina, a National
Honor Society student, has volunteered
with the Special Olympics and many
At the age of four, Zachery Temple
was severely scalded accidentally
by a pot of boiling grease. He has
been accepted to North Carolina Wesleyan
College where he will study pre-law.
Zack plans to become a JAG officer
in the Marines. He hopes to one day
form a support group of his own for
Kisha Baptist has been awarded a
full scholarship. Kisha, along with
several family members, was burned
in a house fire at the age of seven.
Her dedication to her studies and
her strength of character have helped
her develop into an excellent student.
Kisha will be attending Prince George’s
Community College and intends to continue
her studies after that with the goal
of becoming a physical therapist,
a profession that, she says, has helped
so much in her recovery. She hopes,
one day, to work with other burn survivors.
We have known Kisha from her participation
in burn camp and know she’ll
have a wonderful time at PGCC!
Kathleen Sullivan has received an
FHF scholarship to help her obtain
training for a new career. She sustained
serious burn injuries to 25 percent
of her body in a fire last year. Her
hands were especially affected. After
coming out of an induced, five-week
coma, she realized she could no longer
perform her job responsibilities as
a veterinary nurse and decided to
re-direct her career. She plans to
become a dental technician and is
enrolling in Bristol Community College
this Fall. Kathy is looking forward
to moving forward with her career
and her life. We are so excited for
Matthew Maxwell, has been awarded
a partial Flicker Of Hope Foundation
scholarship to help him pursue his
studies at Thomas Acquinas College
where he will enroll in the Liberal
Arts program. Matthew was injured
at the age of sixteen months when
his right hand was burned by scalding
water and sustained second- and third-degree
burns. He has participated in the
burn community since childhood and,
on his ninth birthday, held a fund-raiser
for the burn unit where he was treated.
We wish Matthew all the best with
his college classes!
Jennifer Hartley was awarded a full
scholarship. Jennifer was burned at
the age of 18 months, sustaining second-
and third-degree burns to about fifty
percent of her body. She has served
the burn community as a volunteer
for a number of years and would now
like to do so in a professional capacity
as a Certified Massage Therapist.
She has completed the program at the
Augusta School of Massage, Inc. and
is currently working in her chosen
profession. We wish her the best of
luck with her career as a CMT.