Local Oconee County Emergency Services Worker Volunteers at Camp 'Can' Do to Support Child Burn Victims

Firefighter Al Nord (left) and Oconee Emergency Services worker Ryan Eubanks (on right)

Seabrook Island, S.C., Aug. 28, 2019 – Ryan Eubanks, who works with Oconee County Emergency Services, has been collecting cans and raising funds for the South Carolina Burn Children’s Fund to support pediatric burn victims since 1996. In addition, he is celebrating his 10th year as a full time staff member and was one of many volunteers who attended the 23rd Annual Camp “Can” Do on Seabrook Island in South Carolina.

The Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Health and South Carolina Firefighters sponsor the five-day camp for children across South Carolina and neighboring states. The free five-day camp is designed especially for children who have suffered a severe burn injury. This year, more than 40+ campers and burn victims attended.

Eubanks, who also serves as the camp’s logistics director, is happy to give back to the community by volunteering and helping to brighten the days of camp attendees.

“Volunteering at this camp is one of the best things in my life. It is very rewarding to see the firefighters come together from across the state and help these children. I would do anything to help these kids and make it the best week of their year,” Eubanks said.

While some camp activities have been modified to accommodate this group’s specific needs, the camp is designed to allow the children to have fun, build self-esteem, and develop friendships with others who have experienced similar injuries.

Annually, community volunteers including firefighters, MUSC Children’s Hospital staff and pediatric burn team members, adult burn survivors, students, and other individuals committed to supporting the recovery of burn injured children come together to provide a happy camp experience.

Funds raised through the sale of aluminum cans donated to fire stations around the state help to support Camp “Can” Do. For more information about the camp, visit musckids.org or learn how to donate aluminum cans, contact Eubanks at reubanks@oconeesc.com.