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Camp Courage in Prescott helping burn survivors heal

Posted at 7:44 AM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 10:46:09-04

Children who've survived severe burns are spending the week in Prescott to attend Camp Courage. It's a trip aimed at giving injured children hope and healing, while letting them know they aren't alone.

One of the survivors who boarded the bus Sunday morning was Isabella McCune.

McCune made national headlines last year when Taylor Swift visited her while she was in the hospital. Isabella was severely burned after an accident involving a fire pit. She was released from the hospital late last year.

"She's awesome," Isabella's dad, JD, said. "She's my baby girl."

Since being released, Isabella says she's been staying active. "I'm at home having fun with my family, swimming," she said.

Lori Janik, with the Arizona Burn Foundation, says this year, along with all the other activities, they're introducing an anti-bullying program.

"People are not always the kindest in terms of how they treat or how they judge or what they might say," Janik said. "There's a lot of staring, bullying and teasing."

She said the program will help kids learn how to address bullying while building their own self confidence and self esteem.

The children are returning back to the Valley on Saturday.