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Series of generosity sends five patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston to World Series

Patients and staff at the game, smilingFive patients and three staff members from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston attended Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park. The patients, all teens, are from several different countries and are all receiving treatment and rehabilitation following traumatic burn injuries. A nurse, a physical therapist and a child life specialist from the hospital also attended the game.

Over the weekend, the Boston Fire Department Boylston Street Fire House received tickets to Tuesday night’s matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn generously gave the tickets to the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation (BFFBF). Monday, BFFBF President Dennis Costin called Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston and offered the eight tickets to patients and staff.

“We are incredibly appreciative of the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation for inviting our patients to be a part of tonight’s game,” said Eileen Skinner, administrator, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. “While Tuesday's World Series game will certainly be a memory the five patients will have for the rest of their lives, the opportunity for them to attend is one more example of the BFFBF’s generosity and unwavering commitment to helping our patients thrive. We could not do the work we do without them. Thank you to everyone who made this experience possible.”

Prior to the game, the patients and staff stopped by the Boston Fire Department's fire house on Boylston Street to thank the firefighters for all they do. Then the group headed to Fenway Park and saw the Red Sox beat the Dodgers.

The Boston Shriners Hospital and the BFFBF have a longstanding relationship. The BFFBF funds Team Brave, the hospital’s community reintegration program. All five patients attending tonight’s game are members of Team Brave.

For children recovering from burns or other traumatic injuries, returning to the community with an altered appearance can be very difficult. It takes time for kids to rebuild their self-confidence and learn how to address issues like staring, and questions about their injuries or scars. Every other week, Team Brave goes on outings around the city where patients can practice their physical and emotional coping skills in a safe, supportive environment. BFFBF volunteers, all active Boston firefighters, participate in the activities, becoming mentors and friends to the patients. Team Brave’s motto is “Engage. Encourage. Empower.”

Team Brave is just one program the BFFBF uses to support the Boston Shriners Hospital throughout the year. The group hosts Christmas in July and a holiday party in December. The programs allow firefighters to keep in touch with young burn survivors and provide an opportunity for them to witness the strides in recovery the children make.

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