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February Brings Awareness To Burn Victims

Thousands of people in the U.S. die every year because they have been severely burned.
Thousands of people in the U.S. die every year because they have been severely burned. 

Lisa Schichler suffered major burns when she was only eight years old. Forty-two years later and she is finally strong enough to tell her story. 

"I had a lot of therapy; water therapy where they put me in a whirlpool every day twice a day, going in the whirlpool bath. They did a lot of scraping on the burn so new skin can develop," she said.

Lisa was burned while on a family vacation. She was sitting on a chair roasting marshmallows when her chair tipped forward. She ended up falling onto the family's grill. Lisa had first, second and third-degree burns all over her arms, stomach and back. To make things worse, she was bullied in school. 

"If you see someone different than you, you ask them. Don't look or stare. If you have questions you ask," she said.

Lisa's pain has made her stronger. She is an advocate for kids going through the same pain she endured. Lisa helps run a support group at Strong Hospital along with Paul Scwartzman. He says getting support is the first step in overcoming your obstacles.

"Once you're out of the hospital, that's when the social and emotional concerns come in. We have support services for adults and young kids and a summer camp for kids who suffer burn injuries. They can come and be with other kids," he said.

Lisa Schichler's story still helps inspire others 42 years later. The message- pay attention to your surroundings, especially when kids are involved. The majority of these injuries can be prevented. 

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