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Children's Hospital Colorado Sales Event next week

Fundraiser for Children's Colorado Burn Center, program for pediatric burn patients

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Each year, Schomp Automotive hosts a fundraiser for Children's Colorado Burn Center, a program established in 1974 to treat pediatric burn patients and provide burn prevention education.

This year, the four-day event, called Children's Hospital Colorado Sales Event, will take place July 19 through July 22 at Schomp Honda, BMW and MINI, located at 1190 Plum Valley Lane, Highlands Ranch, north of C-470 and east of Lucent Boulevard. Proceeds generated from sales of new and pre-owned vehicles will help provide equipment and services needed to treat kids suffering from burn injuries, a media release says.

This year's patient ambassador - a patient picked by Children's Hospital Colorado caregivers to connect with the community - is 15-year old Melinda Walker, also a student at Legend High School in Parker.

Three years ago, Walker was running on a treadmill when she fell, blacked out and was pinned beneath the machine, suffering third-degree burns to her thigh, arm and stomach. She was sent to Children's Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program where she received skin grafts and endured months of wearing a cast and compression pants.

The burn camp, which focuses on psychological and rehabilitation needs of a child and their family following a burn injury, helped Walker overcome her fear of having a scar and being different, she said in the news release.

Since its first run in 1990, Schomp's Children's Hospital Colorado Sales Event has raised more than $325,000 for the burn center.

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