Young survivors build self-confidence at Kerrville burn camp

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by Mayra Moreno / KENS 5

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Posted on July 19, 2012 at 7:12 AM

KERRVILLE - A unique summer camp in Kerrville helps young survivors with severe burns and  unites them with the brave firefighters who rescued them.

Camp David has been around for 16 years. The young survivors not only go to the camp for fun activities but they also learn how to heal emotionally.

"I was burned by gasoline when I was playing at my grandma's house," said 13-year-old Lexi Mahone, who was burned by a car fire that exploded.

Mahone  was only 3 years old at the time. Judging by her smile and positive attitude, what happened then hasn't held her back.

"I like the kids, and the counselors are encouraging," she said.

Her story is just one of many at Camp David.

Some campers are severely injured, others have minor burns. It's here that they get to splash around under the sun and even get a chance to bond with the men and women in uniform who they may have seen the day of their accident.

"When we respond to calls you see some of these horrific injuries to children," said SAFD Chief Charles Hood. "We're the first faces that they see."

Hood has seen some of the children grow. The mentors and volunteers help them gain self-confidence and become their friends.

"Some of them have been through multiple surgeries, and for them to keep that great attitude and be positive it's something for us to take back as firefighters and human beings," said Hood.

"I don't know what I'd do without them because I mean I go to like seven (camps) so it's a part of my life," said Mahone.

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