Burn Suvivors Take Part in Camp

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ROCKY MOUNT, Mo. -- Some kids with special stories of survival got a short break. All of the kids are burn survivors and took part in a camp for child burn victims.

"I love it. I'm kind of more comfortable here than I am at home because there's more people who I can talk to," said Jessie Wilkerson. "Everyone is the same. There's not the difference between you being burnt and I wasn't. Here it's just like we're all burnt together like we're a big family."

Wilkerson is a high school junior and this is her fourth time at burn camp. The teen survived a house fire at the age of five. She's had ten surgeries since then.

"At school sometimes I want to be myself but myself includes showing off my burns," she said.

The camp was founded by Linda Hansen. She started it 16-years ago after her family survived their own emergency.

"The real thing is to teach these children that their scars are nothing more than the wrapping paper of their skin and that they should be judged by who they are on the inside," Hansen said.

Organizers raised almost $150,000  through grants and donations. All staff members volunteer - and many of them are firefighters from across Missouri.

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