It is not easy for a young girl or woman to recover psychologically from serious facial burns. Sometimes they can become victims of name-calling and teasing. Lesia Cartelli knows this is true, because she lived through it herself. Her desire to heal from a serious burn injury over 50% of her face and body at the age of nine in a natural gas explosion encouraged her to create Angel Faces for girls who suffer similar disfiguring burns and other traumatic injuries. Angel Faces has a place where young women can go to heal inside. The national nonprofit organization provides healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls and young women with burn/trauma injuries to achieve their optimum potential and develop meaningful relationships for themselves, their families, and their communities.
This year, their retreat is at Glen Ivy Resort in Corona, California on June 23-29, 2013.
During the week-long, intensive retreat, survivors hear first-hand from Cartelli about her injuries and the long road to recovery. The young women work closely with experts and meet others with similar struggles. They learn to use new tools that will help them become more confident and able to embrace what the world hands them. Most important of all, they are empowered and given hope that they can create the life they desire.
“The retreat is only one small component,” Cartelli explains. “We see the fruits of our labor when the girls go back home. We receive several calls and emails from the parents and medical centers about how confident and content their daughter/patient is since she has returned — she joined a sports or academic team at school or now is going to prom, or interviewing for a first job, ending their social death.”
This year the girls are coming from Los Angeles, San Diego, Orlando, Tampa, Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, Indianapolis, Portland, West Virginia, and even England.
For more information: www.angelfacesretreat.org.