Drummer thanks burn center staff

Rock drummer Travis Barker returned to Augusta and the burn center that saved his life Wednesday to show those who treated him his appreciation -- part of which came in the form of a donation.

"I'm here to say 'thank you' to everyone who took care of me after the accident," he said in a news release from Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. "I was sort of unconscious the last time I was here, and I felt like I owed them a big 'thank you.' "

The Blink-182 drummer and disc jockey Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM, were the only survivors of a fiery crash Sept. 19, 2008, at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Four people died -- Mr. Barker's assistant, his bodyguard and two crew members.

During his visit, Mr. Barker confirmed he and Blink-182 plan to donate $100,000 to the burn centers that helped save his life last year, including the Still Burn Center. He said the donation came from Blink-182's Sept. 19, 2009, show in Tempe, Ariz.

"I saw what it took to help people who have been burned," Mr. Barker said. "I ended up playing on the anniversary of the crash and I wanted to make sure the proceeds from that show went to help the burn centers."