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Fund is started for burn victim

October 31, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

As the family of 16-year-old Dustin Smith, of Fairplay, remains in Ohio at the side of the teenager who was burned in a campfire accident, friends and coworkers are pitching in to help the family in Washington County.

A fund has been set up to help the family offset the costs of Dustin's treatment, said Tina Morris, a close friend of Dustin's parents, Trudy and Bill Smith.

The fund was set up through M & T Bank, and those wishing to do so can make donations to the "Dustin Smith account" at any area location, according to Oak Ridge Branch Sales Associate Tonya Ciucci.

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"We just wanted to help Dustin and his family with medical and travel expenses," Morris said.

Smith was listed in critical condition Thursday at Shriners Hospital For Children in Cincinnati, a hospital spokesman said.

Smith initially was hospitalized at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore after suffering severe burns during a campfire accident Oct. 11.

Morris said Smith's parents told her Wednesday there has been little change in the pace of their son's recovery in recent days. Morris said Smith will have to undergo several surgical procedures in the future.

"They (Trudy and Bill Smith) are holding up as well as could be expected," Morris said.

Lisa Barthlow, an administrative assistant at Boat U.S. West Marine on Longmeadow Road, said all proceeds from a seven-hour bake sale there last Saturday will be deposited into the M&T account.

Barthlow, who works with Trudy Smith at the city business, said approximately $2,000 was raised through the sale of baked goods, prepared by co-workers and family friends, and donations.

"People responded very well to it. Either they bought more or just donated money," Barthlow said. "It went very well."

Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said Smith suffered burns to at least 80 percent of his body, including his arms, face and legs, while attempting to light a campfire in the 17500 block of Spielman Road.

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