Dear Friends and Loyal Supporters,

It is our sincere hope this correspondence finds you and your family members safe
and healthy during these troubling times that are affecting each of us today and in the
weeks to come.

We ask each of you to join us in expressing our sincerest gratitude and admiration for
Our Nation’s First Responders, Military Personnel, Healthcare Professionals and all
other Essential Personnel who are working tirelessly to confront and ultimately
defeat the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The COVID-19 Pandemic is clearly having a profound affect on our foundation family.
Since our inception 45 years ago the foundation has thrived due to the never-ending
support of the firefighters, fire officers, family members, and loyal supporters of the
FDNY, this support has established our Burn Center at New York Presbyterian Weill
Cornell Medical Center as a long-standing recognized worldwide leader in the care of
burn injury. Today our family, the FDNY, our Burn Team, their fellow Healthcare
Workers/EMS Personnel within the NY Presbyterian Hospital System, and Healthcare
Workers throughout the New York City Region are in a round the clock courageous
battle to save lives. Please keep all of them and their families in your thoughts and

The CDC Recommendations on Social Gatherings and Distancing have resulted in the
cancellation/postponement of many revenue raising events for not only our
foundation but for many of our fellow FDNY Affiliated organizations as well. We
eagerly anticipate the re-scheduling of these critical fund-raising events and look

forward to sharing with you not only our new event dates but also the re-scheduled
events of our brother and sister organizations as well.

Some years ago, the foundation adopted the catchphrase:
“Because our work doesn’t end when the fire is out”. Now more than ever that phrase
holds true! Planning for sending young burn survivors to burn camp must continue,
additionally burn survivors throughout our region will now need more physical and
emotional support than ever due to the current restrictions we must strictly adhere
and follow in order to ensure our safety and the safety of others.

In closing, as we move forward into many uneasy days ahead, the work of The New
York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation will continue and we remain steadfast in
our commitment to the burn community we serve. Please know that our charitable
work would not be possible without your loyal support and the generosity you
provide to us each and every day. The members of the foundation will heed the call of
the CDC and work from home but are always available to take your phone calls or
email inquiries. We wish you and yours continued health and safety and look forward
to being together in person with all of you soon!

Lt. Bill Leahy


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The New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity, non-profit organization our firefighters founded in 1975, dedicated to the advancement of burn care, research, prevention, education, and the proper treatment of burns.

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