"There are no words for the appreciation we carry in our hearts for the Burn [Fund] Centre. Our son's accident has been a life-changing event. We will never forget your smiling faces." This is just one entry in the visitor book at the Burn Fund Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Each year, more than 1,600 British Columbian adults and children suffering from serious burns or trauma are admitted to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn, Plastic and High Acuity Unit at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) or BC Children's Hospital.
In March 2016, the Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund opened the Burn Fund Centre, conveniently located a short drive from VGH and BC Children's Hospital. The centre provides eight short-term accommodation suites, a home-away-from-home for British Columbians who need to travel to Vancouver for emergency medical treatment due to burn and major trauma injuries, patients in discharge transition or returning for follow-up treatment.
Since opening earlier this year, the centre has maintained almost 100 per cent capacity. Some guests have only stayed a few days and others have stayed over a month. Another family says, "Our family has been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to stay at the Burn [Fund] Centre. These beautiful accommodations made it a comfortable and affordable stay to give our family the love and support during a time of need."
The campaign to build the $13.1-million centre began 10 years ago and was funded through the support of Fire Fighter Locals from around B.C., municipal and provincial governments, individual donors and corporate sponsors.
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