Charity Update: Firefighters for Healing teams up with Uber

Firefighters for Healing teams up with Uber to provide Burn Unit families free transportation during treatment and their Twin Cities stay

When a fire impacts a family and they rush to the hospital for care…mom may just take what is in her purse, dad may just have his wallet and keys. To help them through day 1 or day 31, Firefighters for Healing provides basic necessities, restaurant gift cards, hotel vouchers and now Uber travel certificates for families to get to and from treatment at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Burn Unit.

“Teaming up with Uber helps the families we serve travel worry free during this difficult time,” said Chris Dunker, Vice Chair – Firefighters for Healing.

In addition, Uber has been named as the official transportation partner for the 3rd Annual Red Tie Gala. “Uber will provide our Red Tie Gala guests a free ride home. Whether it is to be socially responsible or to add the element of a chauffeur style ride, it is a win win. This partnership is sure to delight our 600+ guests who will be in attendance this year to hear about the impact our foundation is having in the community, the many families we serve and the progress of our very own burn camp, Camp RED where children Realize.Every.Dream.”

Firefighters for Healing is  giving away 15 camp scholarships for children who have survived a burn trauma plus one parent/guardian and a sibling

Help us get the word out to parents/guardians of children who would benefit from this experience! Camp is August 21-24, 2017 and FF4H would LOVE to fill their roster by July 8.

Parents: Whether your camper was burned years ago or recently, you are all progressing through recovery and developmental changes and challenges. Camp RED is for burn survivors aged 6 – 15 years of age who want the opportunity to live beyond the scars and to be kids. Our hope is that their time at Camp RED will help them Realize Every Dream for a better tomorrow!

You and your camper will be surrounded by other families who have shared experiences, similar injuries, feelings, fears and concerns. The volunteers want to support you, celebrate each camper and encourage their emotional healing. Camp RED offers a variety of active and passive activities in the most beautiful setting, including canoeing, archery, trust activities, swimming, boating, horseback riding and more. Campers will create new friendships and memories to last a lifetime. Visit

Firefighters for Healing was founded by a former Minneapolis firefighter, Jake LaFerriere, in 2010 after he suffered third and fourth degree burns as a result of a backdraft explosion. While in recovery, he met several children in the burn unit, each undergoing painful treatments for their injuries. This inspired him to create Firefighters for Healing, a non-profit 501(C)(3) charitable organization that provides financial and emotional support to children who are survivors of severe burns. Visit for more information.


For more information, or to find out how you can help contact:
Paula Wilhelm, Social Media Director
[email protected]
Cell 952-220-0096


Elire is a proud corporate partner to Firefighters for Healing, including “Founding Partner” status at their annual Firefighters for Healing Gala. Elire first became involved with Firefighters for Healing at the Oracle Direct Golf Tournament, where Elire is a Platinum Partner and Firefighters for Healing was the supported charity for the year. Since the formation of our partnership, Elire has dedicated time and volunteers to many Firefighters for Healing events, including the Annual Polo Tournament, Christmas Present Drop, Red Tie Gala, and more. Elire members also serve on Firefighters for Healing Board of Directors and Executive Committee.