Listen here to find out the inspiring reason why this race occurs every year.
Audio transcript: Burn Run Script-Miller
By Kayla Miller SYRACUSE, N. Y. (NCC News) — For the 12th year in a row, the East Syracuse Fire Department will host the Burn Run this Sunday, Nov. 4th to support young burn survivors.
In 2006, the East Syracuse Fire Department started the Burn Run to promote health and physical fitness in fire departments. The funds raised from the race supported burn survivors treated at local hospitals.
Five years later, the department decided to switch its focus to donating the proceeds to the Burn Foundation of Central New York. These funds are raised for children with burn injuries to attend a summer burn camp in Lowville, New York where they will meet other survivors and receive emotional and physical support.
People from all walks of life, including burn survivors and former firefighters, gather every year to support young burn survivors. Race Director John Jensen explained that the purpose of the race is for survivors to feel like their normal selves.
“It’s an opportunity for people who have survived that to know that hey look you’re not alone, the community supports you, the fire department supports you,” Jensen said. “We’re here to let you know that you’re still the same person you were before.”
According to the American Burn Association, roughly 250,000 children under the age of 17 are treated for burn-related injuries yearly.
President of the Burn Foundation of Central New York, James Ennis, said the organization is grateful for any amount of funds they receive to support burn victims. Over the years, Ennis has met hundreds of burn survivors who have grown up right before his eyes.
“To see how heroic and courageous these survivors have just not survived, but become viable members of our community despite their physical and emotional pain,” Ennis said.
According to Ennis, the Burn Foundation receives about $10,000 from the Burn Run every year.
Racers can still register for the 5k, 10k, and kid run online at theburnrun.org.