SOURCE: Children's Burn Foundation

August 24, 2007 08:00 ET

Children's Burn Foundation to Cover Medical, Rehabilitation Costs for Iraqi Boy Set on Fire by Masked Men

California Non-Profit Establishes Donation Fund for Victim of Savage Attack

SHERMAN OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - August 24, 2007) -

What:       The Children's Burn Foundation, a non-profit organization based
            in Sherman Oaks, CA, has announced it will cover all medical
            and rehabilitation costs for a 5-year-old Iraqi boy, Youssif,
            who was brutally attacked by masked men, doused in gasoline,
            and set on fire. The savage attack took place on January 15
            outside his home in central Baghdad. The identities of the
            attackers are still unknown.

            The Foundation, which provides support for burn victims
            locally, nationally and internationally, will cover all
            transportation costs for Youssif and his family to come to the
            United States as well as all medical costs, including
            surgeries, housing and any emotional counseling that might be
            needed. Youssif's surgeries will be performed by Dr. Peter
            Grossman, Co-Medical Director of The Grossman Burn Center of
            Sherman Oaks Hospital.

            The Foundation has also set up a donation fund for Youssif on
            its Web site, Within hours of going live,
            the donation fund had received an outpouring of support.

Who:        Barbara Friedman, executive director of the Children's Burn

            "This is undoubtedly one of the most horrific cases of
            premeditated violence we've ever seen," said Barbara Friedman,
            executive director of the Children's Burn Foundation and former
            three-term California Assembly member. "If there is any good
            that can come of this tragedy, it's that Youssif's story will
            inspire people to learn more about the needs of severely burned
            children and offer their support to Youssif and other children
            like him."

Background: The Children's Burn Foundation's mission is to prevent the pain
            and trauma of burn injuries to children, and to heal and give
            children who have suffered severe burns the opportunity to
            reach their full potential physically, psychologically and

            Burns are the third leading cause of accidental death in
            children under the age of 9 and one of the top ten injuries
            treated in emergency rooms for children under the age of 5.
            The Children's Burn Foundation provides innovative fire safety
            and burn prevention education programs for children, parents
            and other caregivers as well as full recovery programs to serve
            the medical, psychosocial and other special needs of child burn

            In 2006, the Children's Burn Foundation provided services to
            more than  475 young burn survivors that included extensive
            reconstructive treatment, emergency family housing assistance,
            food and transportation vouchers, a spring family camp and a
            wonderful summer camp. The Foundation's prevention programs
            taught 60,000 children and parents how to prevent burns and how
            to reduce the seriousness of burn should one occur.

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