Dr. Brecken Chinn, HandReach Founder, passed away on October 31 in Shenzhen, China.
Brecken was the shining light that attracted a wide range of volunteers, board members, and supporters to HandReach. She was the driving force behind the Beat Brigade drum circles, fashion shows, community events, and many other gatherings. Her “Starfish Model” for pediatric burn care engendered a comprehensive treatment approach combining surgical, orthopedic, nursing, rehabilitation, and psychosocial disciplines for improved recovery outcomes. Not surprisingly, her vision and impact reached well beyond U.S. borders as she strove to bring HandReach aid to children not only in China, but also in Africa, Pakistan, and Guyana.
HandReach continues its mission to execute on her vision. Brecken gathered a dedicated and talented volunteer board of directors to manage the day-to-day logistics and business of supporting our injured children, and we are honored to continue implementing her dream of bringing critical trauma care to children least able to access it.
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