Fashion show benefits campers who survived burn injuries

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(KTVI) - A local organization is raising awareness about a special summer camp.

The Midwest Children's Burn Camp held a fashion show to benefit children and teenagers who have suffered burn injuries.

Campers say the camp builds confidence and helps improve their self-image. Cedrick Thurman, 18, is a senior at Hazelwood West High School. He said MCBC had a tremendous impact on his self-esteem.

"I can actually talk to people socially, once again. And now I go through my school, very happy," he said. "Making more and more friends. Now that I'm graduating, I'm prepared to go out there, to be in college."

The Midwest Children's Burn Camp is the only camp in the state designed to address issues specific to burn injuries. Campers attend at no charge.

MCBC is celebrating its 20th year. Organizers said the camp has grown from 17 campers to more than 75 each summer.

"Small burns, big burns, many people that go through it.  They know how to put a smile on they're face when they come out," Thurman said.

Burns Recovered sponsors the Midwest Children's Burn Camp. The program is supported by public and private benefactors, and fundraisers like the one held at Neiman Marcus Wednesday evening.

"More Than a Fashion Show" featured models sporting the latest spring fashions. Some of them were accompanied by campers on the catwalk. Ticket proceeds go to scholarships for The Missouri Children's Burn Camp.