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Cher in the City: 'BFF' will have new meaning when you help burn victims

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What’s a BFF? By most accounts its one’s “best friend forever,” at least that’s what it stands for. We all have a someone, or a few someones, that we call our BFF.

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Burn Foundation Friends donations of $25 and more will receive a decal to show their support.  SPECIAL
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Burn Foundation Friends donations of $25 and more will receive a decal to show their support.

I’m pretty sure that most people who know me well know my BFFs are my mom and my dear friend Rere. Rere is the Ethel to my Lucy, the Laverne to my Shirley, the Cagney to my Lacey … and, to my more modern hip-hop readers, she’s my ride-or-die chick.

Clearly, I have other close friends, but there is only one Rere. So when I use the term BFF, I’m usually referring to my buddy of nearly 10 years. I’d never heard BFF used in any other way, that is until now.

Recently Fattz and I were invited by the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation to tour the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital and the Chavis House.

I was simply blown away by the services being provided by them.

You know how much it hurts when you get a little burn? Imagine having that kind of injury over 40, 50, 60 percent of your body.

As we toured the various rooms, some of them occupied, my heart went out to the patients and their families. The pains of seeing someone you love go through all of that, the emotional turmoil it must take on them, the financial burden.

I was relieved to find out that not only does Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation provide patient services but they assist with medication, transportation, anti-scarring garments, peer counseling support and more.

After touring the burn center, we moved over to the Chavis House, which is just minutes away.

The Chavis House is named in loving memory of firefighter Jeff Chavis, who on July 12, 2001, died as a result of burns he suffered in the line of duty while fighting a fire. His family worked to create the Chavis House to support other families but to also honor his courage.

The Chavis House is a lovely, quaint 40-bed home away from home where family members of patients being treated at the burn center can stay at no cost. It offers a kitchen and laundry facilities, a quiet, tranquil area, and a TV room. They were just getting a computer area that was not quite complete the day we toured.

Each day, volunteers from area churches bring a meal for the guests at the Chavis House.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the term BFF will mean something altogether different. It will stand for Burn Foundation Friend (BFF).

On that day, radio stations 96.3 Kiss, 104.3 WBBQ, Eagle 105.7, and television station WJBF (Channel 6) will help the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation celebrate its 25th anniversary and encourage donations from the community to support their mission by kicking off the BFF campaign.

The BFF Blitz: 2 Hours of Power broadcast will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle in Augusta. Its goal is to get everyone to become a BFF.

The event will include free food, activities and entertainment including an Elvis impersonator, The Singing Princesses, a Teddy Bear Clinic and bounce house, face painting, fire trucks and more.

To all who want to become a Burn Foundation Friend, make a donation by calling (800) 650-BURN, go online to sfbf.net or simply stop by on Oct. 5.

It migth be the one time to be the Batman to the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation’s Robin.

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