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Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
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e-mail: thomas-moore@uiowa.edu

Release: July 10, 2001

MEDIA ADVISORY:

MIRACLE BURN CAMP OF IOWA MEDIA DAY JULY 11 AT EAST LAKE OKOBOJI

Media representatives are invited to attend Media Day at the Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa on Wednesday, July 11 at Camp Foster in East Lake Okoboji, Iowa.

Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa began as a one-day outing for children with burn injuries, ages 7 to 17, in 1995. It has evolved into a weeklong event and is jointly sponsored by St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City and the Children's Hospital of Iowa Burn Treatment Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. This year's camp runs July 8-14.

The cost for each child to attend camp is $450, which is raised by the Burn Treatment Center through a variety of fundraising efforts, private donations and local fire department and other community activities.

More than 60 campers, half of them sponsored by the University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center, are scheduled to attend this year's Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa. Campers are coming from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Connecticut. Campers will participate in horseback riding, fishing, skiing, archery, canoeing, arts and crafts, swimming, sailing, and various physical challenges.

The goals of the Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa include providing pediatric burn survivors a fun summer camp experience in a non-threatening environment, providing esteem building opportunities through physical activity and attainment of personal goals, and allowing staff and patient interaction away from the intensity of painful procedures in the hospital setting.

Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa is conducted by a professional staff of firefighters, burn survivors, burn care professionals and YMCA Camp experts who volunteer as camp counselors and activity leaders. For more information, or to arrange to attend Media Day, please call toll-free 1-800-456-9622 or (319) 310-0710.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Burn survivors, their families, Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa sponsors, and UI Hospitals and Clinics staff also will attend a Miracle Burn Camp Picnic from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Pavilion #12 in Lower City Park in Iowa City. The event is to welcome back local Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa campers following their return from East Lake Okoboji.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs, and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.