CR firefighter to attend International Burn Camp

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Cedar Rapids Firefighter/Paramedic Julie Popelka has been selected to attend the International Association of Fire Fighters International Burn Camp at Camp Wabanna located near Washington, D.C.

The Camp held from September 23-30 is designed to help young burn survivors understand they are not alone and that there is a larger support system for them.

In addition to activities at camp, there are tours of monuments, memorials, and museums, visits with national leaders and other activities with local firefighters.

Each year the regional burn camps across the United States and Canada chose one counselor and one camper to participate in the International Burn Camp.

Popelka was chosen as a counselor who will accompany Zoie Evens as the Miracle Burn Camp representatives to the International Burn Camp.

Miracle Burn Camp is sponsored by the St. Florian Fire & Burn Foundation of Sioux City.

Miracle Burn Camp is the only burn camp that has both burned and non-burned children attending the camp in the same week.

It is held at the YMCA Camp Foster on East Lake Okoboji.

Popelka has been volunteering as a counselor for four years at the camp in Okoboji, which is in its 23rd year.

“I believe that they help me to strive to be a better person, coworker, wife, and mother. This is by far one of my greatest joys,” Popelka said.