A 5-year-old boy scalded by hot oil from a frying pan. A toddler who lost her lower legs and a hand to a raging infection. A young man whose car burst into flames after being struck by a drunken driver.
These are just a few of the patients who have received care at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California since the facility opened in 1997 on Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento.
Shriners has been a godsend for many families providing free burn and prosthetic care that would otherwise cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Shriners cares for children up to the age of 18 regardless of a family's ability to pay, though in recent years it has begun billing insurance companies for treatment of patients who have coverage.
In addition to treating children, the national Shriners Hospitals for Children organization focuses on preventing burns through education.
This is Burn Awareness Week, and Shriners is kicking off a yearlong education campaign focused on preventing scaldings and fire- related injuries in the home.
Information and educational materials can be found at www.burnawareness.org.
Mary Lynne Vellinga
State's export trade report Friday
How did California export trade do in 2012, coming off a record year in 2011? We'll find out Friday when Beacon Economics breaks down U.S. Commerce Department figures for December and all of 2012.
Info: Check www.sacbee.com for results.
For a good cause
Eat free pancakes, help a charity
On Tuesday, International House of Pancakes will celebrate National Pancake Day by offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to all customers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In return, patrons may make voluntary donations to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the event's official charity, and its program at UC Davis Children's Hospital. Local participating IHOPs are at 2941 Advantage Lane and 2035 Arden Way in Sacramento, and 2525 Iron Point Road in Folsom.
Automobile museum displays wee wheels
Microcars are coming to the California Automobile Museum at 2200 Front St. in Sacramento. A nearly three-month exhibit, "Pint-Size: Microcars on the Road," kicks off Saturday with models from Zundapp, BMW, Peel, Crosley, Heinkel and Vespa.
Father-daughter dance in Fair Oaks
The Fair Oaks Youth Advisory Board invites fathers to take their daughters to a dance at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Refreshments, music, pictures and more will be available. Cost for the event at the Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse, 7997 California Ave., is $20 for a father/daughter couple and $5 for each additional daughter.
Info: (916) 966-1036.
Get a head start on Mardi Gras
Celebrate Mardi Gras three days early on Saturday with live music at bars, restaurants and clubs in Old Sacramento. Wristbands will get wearers special access and specials at participating entertainment establishments. A dozen bars and restaurants within a two-block walk of each other are participating in the one-night-only live music festival. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event.
Info: For a list of participating businesses, go to http://oldsacmardigras13.eventbrite.com