Teens attend burn survivor retreat

TULSA - While many young people spent the weekend packing for that spring break getaway, another group of teens spent part of their vacation closer to home learning life's lessons.

What's remarkable about these teens is that they've already learned a lot about life, not because they wanted to, but because they were forced to.

The teens are burn survivors.

About 20 of them gathered at Camp Loughridge in West Tulsa for a burn survivor retreat.

Oral Robert University's Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) organized the retreat as a way to give back to the community.

"Many people just completely reject you when they see a scar, when you don't look like the norm," said Dustin Wise, an ORU student who served as the project manager.

Wise is a burn survivor himself.

"Seven years ago I was cooking on the stove. My shirt caught on fire," he said.

He credits a burn survivor retreat for helping him.

"As we searched throughout the state of Oklahoma we couldn't find anything that was implemented for burn survivors, so we took a completely different approach to help start one. That way other burn survivors can receive the same help that I once did," he said.

The teens who participated are between the ages of 15 and 20.

The teens were taught different life lessons from how to find a job to how to how to deal with relationships.

"It's so much more comfortable and that's what I like about the burn camp. It's an environment where you're not afraid to do anything. You're so comfortable with everyone," said participant Jenna Bullen.

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