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Release: June 29, 2001

NOTE TO EDITORS: Burn survivors, their families, Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa sponsors and UI Hospitals and Clinics staff 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 will welcome back local Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa campers following their return from East Lake Okoboji.

Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa to be held July 8-14 in East Lake Okoboji

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Children who have received treatment for burn injuries will attend the Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa July 8-14 at Camp Foster in East Lake Okoboji, Iowa.

Miracle Burn Camp of Iowa began in 1995 as a one-day outing for children ages 7 to 17 with burn injuries. 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. 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 UI 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.

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 fire fighters, burn survivors, burn care professionals and YMCA Camp experts who volunteer as camp counselors and activity leaders.

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.