At age 8, Alisa Ann Ruch was fatally injured in a backyard barbeque accident. Bravely using their tragedy as a catalyst for change, Alisa’s parents partnered with Southern California firefighters to found the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in 1971. They realized severe, life-altering burns often occur in seconds, especially among young children. Their vision led them to establish a mission for AARBF of “enhancing the lives of burn survivors and promoting burn prevention.”
Today AARBF works with local hospitals, fire departments, safety coalitions, and other organizations across California to develop innovative programs and services. Prevention education is key to avoiding agonizing burn injuries, while survivor services prove paramount to improving quality of life for courageous burn survivors.