May 10, 2014

May 10, 2014
Paley Gateway to Healing Event

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4th Annual Paley Gateway to Healing

Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7-9pm at Paley Studios, 1677 Lyell Avenue, Suite A, Rochester, NY

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Imagine being a child who has been burned. A burn is one of the most painful injuries a person can endure... especially for children. Renowned artist and sculptor, Albert Paley knows too well the pain and suffering of surviving a traumatic burn. 

On July 26, 2002, Paley, 30 feet in the air, was cutting a piece of metal with a blowtorch when a gas line burst engulfing him in flames. He was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with third degree burns over 30% of his body. 

2014 Young Adult Retreat - Georgia On My Mind

Burn survivor support agencies from New York, California, and Georgia have collaborated once again to offer a very special program addressing issues faced by young adult burn survivors by providing a peer-based support retreat. This year’s host is the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and will take place from April 3-6, 2014.   The retreat will take place at Camp Dream outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be a challenging time for everyone. Having experienced a burn injury the challenges can be even more trying. Therefore, partnering burn survivor support agencies would like to offer this program for young adults, ages 18-25, to provide a mechanism of emotional support with others who have shared similar experiences. The Young Adult Burn Survivors Retreat provides the opportunity for peer-focused support and an empowering journey towards self discovery.

The Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association, Inc. (FLRBA) is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to young adult burn survivors who meet the criteria of attending the retreat. If awarded, FLRBA will cover the costs of registration fees, travel, lodging, and on-site meals. Space and resources are limited and we want to give everyone a fair opportunity to attend but we cannot take everyone. Please complete the application at the link below and tell us why participating is important to you and what you feel you will gain by attending.

To be considered applicants must be:

  • A Burn Survivor
  • Between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age  
  • Be prepared to write a narrative, if requested about your experience at the Young Adult Burn Survivors Retreat within 2 weeks of returning home
If you are interested in attending this year’s Young Adult Burn Survivors Retreat hosted by the Burn Institute, please CLICK HERE for the application AS SOON AS POSSIBLE but no later than Tuesday March 11, 2014 as space is LIMITED!! We will notify you by Friday, March 14, 2014 if you have been awarded a scholarship to attend.  If you need a paper copy of the application call the office. All applications must be received at the FLRBA office by the Tuesday, March 11, 2014 deadline.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Schwartzman by phone at 585 414-2922 or via e-mail at

Burn Awareness Week 2014

February 2-8 is National Burn Awareness Week.

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The prevention theme for this year is scald prevention, one of the leading causes of burn injuries for young children and the elderly. The American Burn Association, the International Association of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation and the Federation of Burn Foundations (which FLRBA is a member) developed a national scald campaign.

It only takes one second for a severe burn to occur from a scald. A scald injury happens when hot liquids or steam come in contact with the skin. Liquids greater than 120 degrees Fahrenheit can cause a burn injury. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other hot beverages are usually served at 160 to 180 degrees resulting in almost instantaneous burns that will likely require surgery if spilled.

Although scald burns can happen to anyone, young children, older adults and people with disabilities are the most likely to incur such injuries. Most scald burn injuries happen in the home, in connection with the preparation or serving of hot food or beverages, or from exposure to hot tap water in
bathtubs or showers. Both behavioral and environmental measures may be needed to protect those vulnerable to scalds.

Young children have thinner skin resulting in deeper burns than adults for the same temperature and exposure time to a scalding substance. The proportion of a child’s body that is exposed to any given amount of a scalding substance is also greater: the same cup of spilled coffee will burn a much larger percent of a small child’s body. Small children also have little control of their environment, less perception of danger and less ability to escape a burning situation on their own. Children grow fast and can reach new, dangerous things every day. They do not realize that hot liquids burn like fire. If you do incur a burn injury, seek prompt medical care from the Kessler Burn Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center or your nearest emergency center.

The American Burn Association along with FLRBA share the following recommendations to keep children and others safe from scalds.
  •  Turn hot water thermostats to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the Cooking Area:
  •  Establish a safe area, out of the traffic path between the stove and sink, where children can safely play but still be supervised.



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