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Tragedy Compels Couple to Start Non-Profit to Assist Families of Burn Victims

By: Raul Reyes | Monday, January 25, 2016 11:13 AM

Inspired by tragedy, Bob and Tracy Doiron of San Antonio are taking a traumatic time in their lives and transforming it into a positive force to support others in need.

The couple is co-founding Adam’s Miracle, a non-profit dedicated to helping rebuild the lives of burn patients and their families during hospitalization and recovery. The idea came to them while their son, Adam, received treatment for over nine months following a motor vehicle accident that left him with burns on 92 percent of his body.

The 29-year-old arrived at The Blocker Burn Unit at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on Sept. 2, 2014 after the 18-wheeler he was riding in caught fire following a wreck near Orange, Texas. He was headed to Florida to set up for an event as part of his family’s small sound and lighting production business.

Over the next nine-and-a-half months, Tracy lived at the Blocker Burn Unit, staying by Adam’s side, leaving only once for 24 hours to go to their daughter’s wedding. Bob visited weekly from their home outside San Antonio after tending to the family business. It was during this time that Tracy’s niece convinced her to set up a Facebook page to update friends and family on Adam’s progress.

“They said start a page for Adam and that way everyone can go to that one page,” Tracy Doiron said. “We named it A Miracle for Adam because that’s what he needed. Right away, it started growing and it reached over 20,000 people.”

It grew into a blueprint for giving back to others. By then, the Doirons came to know the Blocker Burn Unit staff like a second family and also saw the impact that burns had on other families staying with loved ones receiving treatment. Monetary and gift donations from friends and family gave the Doirons the means to share with others on the burn floor.

Sadly, Adam passed away June 14 due to complications from his injuries. Adam’s Miracle continues in his memory to help families of burn patients through care packages that include toiletries, socks, a blanket and notepad called Adam’s Miracle bags. Blocker Burn Unit staff also receive care packages and the Doirons will award an annual scholarship to a nurse who works with or plans to work with burn survivors.

The Doirons received numerous donations throughout their stay in the hospital and are now working to raise funds to further the non-profit. At the launch of the their campaign in early December, they made a donation of $1,000 to the Blocker Burn Unit Champions program that assists families with extra expenses and dropped off 10 Adam’s Miracle bags with promises of many more to come.

“We hope Adam’s Miracle bags will be placed in hospitals wherever they are needed,” Tracy said. “We also hope to provide scholarships to as many nurses that need them.”

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/AMiracleForAdam.

Photo: Tracy and Bob Doiron, center, with Blocker Burn Unit nurses Jennifer Haglund, left, and Shy Kyle, right.

Article written by Raul Reyes

Raul Reyes, director of media relations at UTMB, has an extensive background in communications with more than 30 years experience in journalism. Before joining UTMB in 2007, he was an editor at The New York Times and also worked as an editor at the Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News. When he and his wife, Linda, worked at the Houston Chronicle in the 1980s, they used to dream about living and working in Galveston. Some things do come true. Raul is at UTMB and Linda edits a couple of Dallas magazines from their home in Galveston.