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Our Mission Statement


The Knapp Burn Foundation was established in 1989 by the family and friends of Rick Knapp.  In 1975 he was seriously injured in an automobile accident, suffering severe burns and multiple traumatic injuries.  Throughout the extended surgical and and rehabilitiative ordeal, it became apparent that the victimization impacting the survivor in many ways also extends to family and friends.  Drawing upon our experiences, we came to the disturbing realization that current support systems are not adequate to cope with the losses suffered through burns.  Therefore, the Knapp Burn Foundation was created as a not-for-profit organization committed to:


  1. Assist burn victims and their families through the temporary and/or permanent physical, social, economical and emotional challenges.

  2. Advocate assimulating burn survivors to return to socially fulfilling and occupationally productive lives.

  3. Educating and equipping the public with burn information.


We strive to provide the support and resources to allow burn survivors to move beyond their burns and continue with their lives, and promote burn prevention and awareness.  Some of the Knapp Burn Foundation's most requested and rewarding programs are:


  • John Bennet-Saviano Edicational Grant

  • John A. James Garment Grant

  • Working with fire and medical professionals to understand the lifelong commitments of survivirors and their families.

  • Sponsoring community projects and educating schools on burn awareness and prevention.

  • Being available.


Please contact us for more information.