Local Beaufort/Port Royal Firefighter Volunteers at Camp 'Can' Do

Firefighter Ross Vezin with camp participant Joshua Calhoun

Seabrook Island, S.C., Aug. 28, 2019 – Beaufort/Port Royal firefighter Ross Vezin, who is celebrating his 10th year as a counselor, 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.

Vezin, who also serves on the camp’s planning committee, is happy to give back to the community by volunteering and helping to brighten the days of camp attendees.

“I would do anything to help these kids make it the best week of their year. It is rewarding to see smiles on their faces,” Vezin 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. To donate aluminum cans in the Beaufort area, visit any fire station in Beaufort or Port Royal.