Congratulations to more than 100 New South Wales and Queensland firefighters who cycled from Berowa, New South Wales to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane to raise vital funds for burns and trauma research.
One of the riders, Nicole, knows first hand the devastating impact burns can have on the lives of young children and their families
In 2013, Nicole, Russell and their two young children Jack and Camryn, set off for Stradbroke Island for a camping trip with some other families. It was the family’s first camping trip and their first holiday for the year.
After they set up their tents, Nicole took Camryn down to the water for a swim. On their way back, Nicole stopped to talk to a friend while watching Camryn walk towards her Dad at their campsite.
All of a sudden, Camryn was screaming. Camryn was just two years old when she walked over a campfire that had been covered with sand and not properly extinguished.
“It was a scream that will haunt me forever. I felt the heat and looked down at her feet horrified – they were white.” Nicole said. “I rushed her into the surf and called for help. Thankfully Camryn was put into the capable hands of doctors and medical teams who truly understand the lifelong trauma that burns can cause.”
Camryn was off her feet for five weeks. Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Paediatric Surgeon, Professor Roy Kimble and his team worked hard to help skin drafts fuse to Camryn’s skin and reduce her pain.
As part of Camryn’s ongoing treatment, she had to wear a compression bandage for two years, 24 hours per day.
Brave Camryn was able to return home, but like many children with severe burns, her treatment has continued – and will continue – for many years.
This year marked the tenth anniversary ride of Bike4Burns, which has raised over $86,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation to continue vital funding for burns and trauma research.