In 2018, we expanded our ‘Blessings umbrella’ to include Firefighters.
I had no idea how much our Firefighters go through emotionally and physically. Even sacrificially.
All I really knew is that they like to fish.
So, we created a fishing event called “Catching Courage,” including both Burn Survivors and Firefighters at the same event.
Part of our mission at Ryan Shines Burn Foundation is to get both groups together at one place for bonding, healing, and serious fun!
We are creating a safe place where our Survivors and Firefighters can be together, fish together, and reconnect after the fire.
That’s why our mission is so rare.
I wish you could see both groups enjoying each other and asking each other real life-questions.
We didn’t know what to expect.
I thought the kids might be shy but they talked with each other on the same level: Hero-to-Hero!
This year, we continue honoring both groups in a Saltwater Fishing Tournament (“Catching Courage”).
It will involve multi-state Firefighters and it will be hosted by our ‘First Mates,’ our youth Burn Survivors.
Our hope is that every youth Burn Survivor and Firefighter leaves for home with a full heart; encouraged and more courageous as they learn to tell their story and catch everyday courage from each other.
PS- Next time, I’d like for us to talk about ‘the sacrifices our Firefighters make.’
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