Lexington County Fire Service will host our 4th annual 5K for the Jeff Chavis house. The house is named in memory of Firefighter Jeff Chavis who began his firefighting career as an 18 year old volunteer for Lexington County Fire Station 3. On July 12, 2001, at the age of 22 Jeff loss his life as a result of burns he suffered in the line of duty while fighting a residential fire. After his lost, the Chavis family along with Lexington County Fire Service wanted to do something in honor of Jeff that could help families be part of the care and recovery of their loved ones. Over the last decade as a community effort we have raised over 2 million dollars to sponsor the Chavis House that is a home within walking distance of the Burn Center which sleeps forty-five guests, and serves approximately 1,000 guests a year. There, family members can be near their loved ones as they fight for survival and endure the long process of healing and rehabilitation as they recuperate from their burn injuries.
The Jeff Chavis House is operated by The Burn Foundation of America which is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides compassionate assistance to the families of patients being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. They help meet the needs of the families while in Augusta and assist the patient with non medical expenses related to follow up care including: free lodging, daily meal service, transportation, medication, clothing, and anti-scarring garments.
The Foundation also provides transitional services to patients who need assistance following their hospitalization. We assure that no patient leaves without appropriate transportation, pain medications, and antibiotics. Once the skin grafting process begins, most patients require special pressure garments that help with healing and reduce scarring. The Foundation provides these garments, typically not covered by insurance, for patients who are unable to purchase them. Recently in 2013 the Chavis House experienced a $135,000 renovation with new flooring, paint and furniture lead by Lexington County Fire Service along with the Chavis family. It truly feels like a home away from home.