Bikers ride to support free camp for Hoosier burn victims

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CARMEL, Ind. (May 28, 2014) — Firefighters are among the first on scene to help a burn victim and on Wednesday morning Carmel’s bravest will stand up once again for those who need their help.

Carmel’s Annual Motorcycle Ride for the Hoosier Burn Camp opens for registration at 7 a.m. at the Carmel Fire Department Headquarters at 2 Carmel Civic Sq.  The ride leaves at 8:50 a.m. and is expected to draw more than 100 riders.

The Hoosier Burn Camp at Camp Tecumseh provides free summer camp programs for Indiana burn victims between the ages of 8 and 18.

“The burn camp motto is a place to just be one of the kids and I think that is important because the kids understand that it’s a special place for them,” Carmel Fire Marshal Bruce Knott told FOX59 News.  

“They’re there.  It’s their camp.  It’s their week.  They don’t have to try to disguise anything.  They don’t have to try to hide anything.  They can just be open and they’re there with kids of like mind who have dealt with some of this stuff themselves.”

Fundraisers like the motorcycle ride and other donations cover the cost of more than $1,000 per camper.  Knott said Wednesday’s goal is to raise at least $5,000.

“I think it’s good for the campers to realize that we do care,” Knott said.  “Even though we may not be able to be with them every minute of what they’ve gone through and understand it completely, they need to know that we understand.  I think there’s an intimate connection between firefighters and burn victims.”

Anyone who wants to join the ride can register until 8:40 a.m. for a fee of $30.  The entire fee goes to the camp, Knott said.

Other donations are welcome as well.  Those interested in contributing to Hoosier Burn Camp can email casey@hoosierburncampride.com and/or info@hoosierburncampride.com.

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