SOUTH LAKE TAHOE –
This is Michaela Untlasco and Christie Lopez, two normal teenage girls.
“Kids would always stare at me and stuff,” said Untlasco.
But–when you look closer at them–you might notice they are a little bit different.
“I was in the kitchen, there was soup boiling on a pot, and, I pulled it down,” Untlasco said.
As a baby, Michaela burned her chest and arm. Her, and her friend Christie, have scars, both physical and emotional.
“When I was six years old I fell in to a fire pit,” said Lopez.
But today these two girls, and dozens of other burn victims between the ages of seven and seventeen, get to leave those scars behind, at least the emotional ones.
It’s the twenty-first burn survivor’s camp put on by the Firefighter’s Burn Institute. For the next week, these kids will get to bond and do what kids do at Camp Concord in South Lake Tahoe.
“I always get to see kids just like me, like burn survivors. We all have similar experiences. We can talk about our scars,” said Untlasco.
After all, the scars, by definition, are only physical proof that these kids survived.