Parkland’s Burn Camp Offers Young Survivors Support, Fun – Virtually

‘Camp is more than a place’

DALLAS – Although they won’t be splashing in pools or singing around the campfire together this year, children with burn injuries will be able to gather for a virtual camping experience hosted by Parkland Health & Hospital System’s Regional Burn Center in conjunction with Camp John Marc.

Camp I-Thonka-Chi (Choctaw for “a place that makes one strong or fearless, not afraid to face life”) is traditionally held during the first full week of June at Camp John Marc near Meridian, Texas. But like many traditions upended by the pandemic, Parkland’s beloved Burn Camp was shifted to an online experience in 2020 and will again be held virtually this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

According to Donna Crump, Parkland physical therapy manager and co-founder and director of Camp I-Thonka-Chi, “Our host site for summer camp, Camp John Marc, made the difficult decision that it was in the

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