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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:50 AM

'First Look': Eat at Outback, send a burn survivor to camp

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    Firefighters from the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation talk with Outback Steakhouse representatives about a fundraiser Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox." Money raised will send kids who have suffered from burns to a special camp.

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It's pretty simple. Eat at Outback Steakhouse during a special fundraiser, and help send a child or teen who's suffered burns to a special camp designed just for them.

The fundraiser takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Outback Steakhouse, 5051 Stockdale Highway.

For $25, you get steak, chicken or salmon, plus Bloomin' Onion, said Lori Hart, managing partner of the restaurant. Outback employees volunteer for the event, as do firefighters who serve the meals.

She talked about the event with firefighters from the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

The special week-long summer camp costs $750 per child ages 5 to 16, and the foundation has committed to send every kid who is eligible whose parents will let them go, the firefighters said. Often that's difficult for a parent after his or her child has suffered a traumatic injury.

"This one week of camp is equal to a year of therapy with a therapist," Capt. Trever Martinuseu said.

The camp gives burn survivors a chance to interact with other children like them, and makes a difference in their recovery.

Eight kids were sent in the fundraiser's first year. Last year, 18 went.

"Our identity is our skin," said Capt. Chris Bowles. At camp, he said, the children are just that -- children playing and healing together.



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