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Bay Area burn camp helps young survivors ‘realize you’re a normal kid’

Published Thursday March 31

Photo: Insidebayarea

Knopf was self-conscious about her scars, believing she was the worst-burned person alive. She recalls wearing long sleeves and a long dress to her eighth-grade graduation.

Then Knopf attended a statewide camp for kid burn survivors and met other children whose injuries were far more serious, including some who lost limbs. She saw them playing, swimming and doing other activities, all without covering their scars.

You realize you are a normal child and you do not let your burns hold you back, remarked Knopf, 28, now a nurse at Valley Medical Center’s Burn Center. I would not be the person that I am today if I had not gone to burn camp.

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