Minden Press-Herald

Wednesday
Oct 01st

Firefighters host annual ‘Burn Run’

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A trip to Bistineau State Park could send a child to "I'm Still Me" Ark-La-Tex Children's Burn Camp.

Participants of the 11th annual "Burn Run" can raise funds in a number of ways at the event this weekend.

"What started as a motorcycle run has turned into a family event," Paul Hill said. "You don't even have to have a motorcycle to join in the fun."

Friday night, April 19, kicks off the event at 6 p.m. with a crawfish boil and live music, with an auction starting at 7.

Registration for the Poker Run begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, April 20 and the first bike will leave out at 10 a.m., with the last bike in at 1 p.m. At 1, a live auction and bike show will be held.

Organized by the Shreveport Chapter of Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club, a group of firefighters who love to ride, the Burn Run raised more than $40,000 last year.
"You can look forward to the same great fun, great food, great vendors and great bikes as we have every year plus some new events this year," Hill said. "It's a free event with a $25 poker run, and all proceeds are donated to the Ark-La-Tex Burn Foundation and 'Camp I'm Still Me.'

"This event and the help we are able to give the Burn Foundation would not be possible without sponsors and donations," Hill continued. "We cannot express how grateful we are for the people who support us as we help others."

Brother's Keepers Motorcycle Club is an all firefighter (career, volunteer, active or retired) motorcycle club. The first chapter was formed in Shreveport in 2003.
It now has 18 chapters in five states, one in Canada and one in Australia.

According to its website, the Burn Foundation helps sponsor programs for burn victims including the annual "Camp I'm Still Me" for young burn survivors from the states of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

The Burn Foundation has purchased a house where families of burn survivors who require extensive treatment in the LSU Health Regional Burn Center may stay while their loved ones are in the LSU Health Burn Center's intensive care unit.

The foundation was established in 1985 by former burn patients and local health care professionals involved in burn care. It was named in honor of Captain Percy R. Johnson, a Shreveport firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty.

This event is partially funded by grants from The Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau and Blazer Construction.

For information or pre-register for the event, visit www.bkmcburnrun.com or call Paul Hill at 453-0141.

 

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