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Calgary’s Foothills hospital receives million dollar donation to burn treatment unit

Funds were raised by the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society to fund equipment, research and improvement for unit

Don Adamson called the burn unit a “one stop shop,” for burn victims because the hospital contains all the features needed to help in rehabilitation.

Jennifer Friesen / For Metro

Don Adamson called the burn unit a “one stop shop,” for burn victims because the hospital contains all the features needed to help in rehabilitation.

When Don Adamson finally woke up, he was about 40 pounds lighter, couldn’t walk and had lost the ability to use his hands.

With the help of the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Centre at Foothills hospital, Adamson was able to escape with his life - which is why he’s celebrating a major donation to the Calgary Health Trust.

On Wednesday, the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society (CFBTS), donated more than $1.44 million to the trust which will go directly to the Burn Treatment Centre at Foothills. The funds will go towards the purchase of new equipment, skin regenerative research and help boost ongoing improvements to the Centre.  

“When I got here, it was the best place in the world. If you’re ever burned, boy I’ll tell you, I think it’s probably the best burn unit in Canada and probably North America,” said Adamson.

Since the creation of CFBTS in 1978, more than $8 million has been contributed to treatment, education and research for burn victims. This recent donation is a result of three years of fundraising and awareness efforts by the Calgary Firefighters.

Jim Fisher, president of CFBTS, said the firefighters were guided by the principles of TRACE: treatment, research, awareness, care and education. He said this drove them to work so hard for people whose lives have been completely changed because of burns.

“We use this guideline to direct our efforts to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the patients that pass through the Centre.” said Fisher.

The Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society recently won the Generosity of Spirit award as a result of their efforts.

Jennifer Friesen

The Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society recently won the Generosity of Spirit award as a result of their efforts.

Calgary Fire Chief Steve Dongworth commended the staff of the unit for their daily efforts in treating burn victims. He said he was forwarded a letter from Mayor Naheed Nenshi about a burn victim who spent 11 days in the unit who said the care team there picked her up when she was down.

“As Calgarians, we are blessed to have this resource,” Dongworth said.

Adamson, who’s spent the past 11 years travelling across Canada and the U.S. helping burn victims accept their condition, agrees.

“Boy, do they know their stuff,” he said.

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