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In the past, those of you who read my blog have all been very attentive and considerate when I've posted about people who were suffering or in need.  I hope to impress on you today how urgently your prayers and/or support are needed in this case...

For as long as I can remember, I've been sensitive to the pain of others, especially children and the elderly. Now that I am a father of four, three of whom are girls, it's very difficult for me to see kids suffer. A local friend of ours posted on Facebook about some friends of hers (the Strodes) who are living in a nightmare right now. Their 4-year-old daughter was badly burned while they were trying to have a nice family evening with S'mores at their home, and her recovery will be a long one. This family actually lives very near the ActiveRain headquarters, in Kent, Washington.

Here is a letter from the Strodes themselves to their friends about the accident:

"Many of you know, and some may not, that we had a terrible accident at our home last night (Saturday). After an awesome family day of summer shopping and yard work Dave and I and the kids all spent dinner on our back patio and then decided it would be a wonderful night for our first s'more campfire. We waited and tried and tried for twenty minutes to get this fire going. We tried everything. Paper, kindling, wood, pine cones. Dave decided to get some sort of fuel to the fire. He added some and nothing. He added more and the can caught on fire causing a huge flash fire towards Tommy, Brooklyn, Addison and I. Immediately there were screams I saw Brooke's hair on fire and scooped her up and patted her till the fire was out. Dave had already run Addie inside to the sink as her hair and clothes were on fire. By the time I got into the house, maybe 30 second later, there were still flames. I grabbed her and patted her down with a towel on the kitchen floor. Dave scooped up Brooke as I sat with Addie on the floor. Tommy saw all of this and was screaming and crying. Dave called 911 and the paramedics were there withing just a couple of minutes. They took Addie immediately tot he ambulance and started working on her. The second set of paramedics to Brookie. I was able to kiss Addie goodbye and the shut the door telling me they were having her airlifted to Harborview. Dave took off with Brooklyn in her ambulance as they thought they were taking her to Mary Bridge.

Ray and Sally arrived about 20 minutes later. Sally took care of Tommy and our foster son (who had been sleeping peacefully the whole time in his room). Ray took me to Harborview. On the way Dave called me from the ambulance told me Brooke was sleeping soundly in his lap and they decided to keep the sisters together and take Brooke to the same hospital as Addison.

Fast forward to today (Sunday). Brooklyn's burn were superficial. She was discharged this evening and went home with Grandma Sally. Addison is in the Burn Pediatric ICU. She does not look like Addie. She is swollen from her burns but mostly from all the fluid they give burn victims. We will know more tomorrow. They had to intubate her, she has a feeding tube, her face, ears, hands and arms are all burned. For now they tell us that her burns are worse on the wrists. They think her face should heal on it's own. She is sedated. She can wiggle her precious little toes when asked.

This has been Dave and my hardest trial by far. While we would never question who God is and His almighty work we are asking "why?" We know there is no answer. Our beautiful babies have been hurt. Dave feels awful and needs to know that I love him with all my heart. He is the best daddy. We don't understand any of this. It's a nightmare that replays over and over in our minds.

This was a horrible accident. It took 2 seconds to change our entire lives.

Please pray for a quick recovery for Brooklyn. They say she will be as good as new soon. She was running around the halls being her sassy self all day. Please pray for Addie. She is in pain. Pray for wisdom of her doctors. Pray that we can see our sweet little girls face the way we remember it soon.

We have faith in God. We know He is the great physician, He works ALL things together for good. But our hearts are broken.

Dave and I love all our children so very much. We were called to be parents. We have been blessed with our children and we know they are our gifts from God.

Sincerely, The Strodes"


You can read blog posts about Addison's progress by her family at this site:

(There are photos there as well, but I didn't feel comfortable sharing those publicly without their permission.)

If you would like to donate to help defray the cost of Addison's stay in the burn ICU, please make checks payable to Addison Strode and mail to the following address:

Addison Strode Medical Fund

PO Box 5847

Kent, WA  98064

If there are any questions or issues with making a donation to this account, please email Giancarlo & Tamara Papini at


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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Thank you for alerting us to this situation Jason. She will be in my prayers.

Jul 10, 2011 02:42 PM #1
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Jason-This is a heartbreaking tragedy. Prayers are on the way. Life can change in an instant. You are a very caring fellow. God Bless.

Jul 10, 2011 02:42 PM #2
Joel Weihe
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits

Oh this poor family.  Burns are so awful.... My son was 18 months old when he was visiting my ex and fell into the oven.  His hands had blisters the size of golf balls all over them.  It was a horrible recovery.  I am so blessed it was his hands and not his face.   Definitely sending prayers their way and more. 

Jul 10, 2011 02:42 PM #3
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

I hate to hear that. This family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Jul 10, 2011 02:45 PM #4
Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate


Check is on the way.  I myself have been burned severely in the past but not to this extent.  I was lucky this little girl will be in my prayers also. 

Jul 10, 2011 03:13 PM #5
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

How heartbreaking!  My prayers are with this beautiful little family that God will bring them strength to get through the trial, and His peace.

Jul 10, 2011 03:15 PM #6
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co. - Frisco, TX
Real Estate Agents

Jason, I cried as I read your blog, playing in my head a happy backyard moment turn into this family's greatest nightmare. I pray healing all over this beautiful family. Yes, asking Why only makes us human.

For I know the plans I have for you.... A plan to prosper and not to harm you. A plan to give you hope and a future.

In His higher power, He already knows what He's going to do with this precious family.

Jul 10, 2011 03:36 PM #7
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Please everyone send your prayers and financial support if you are able.



Jul 10, 2011 05:11 PM #8
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Jason - Thank you for sharing your friend's unfortunate experience. My prayer goes to the whole family. I will follow up on this tragedy, and I will do my best to help the family in this difficult time.

Jul 10, 2011 05:13 PM #9
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

This family will be remembered in our prayer chain. We hope for a complete recovery for this child.

Ceil and Carl Winters

Jul 11, 2011 02:41 AM #10
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I will add my prayers and the prayers of my family to this worthy cause.  It's so hard to see our children hurt... and so much damage in a nanosecond it's hard to believe.

Jul 11, 2011 03:27 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jason- prayers and positive thoughts headed their way.  It is so sad to see how a beautiful family moment could turn so tragic in an instant.   Thank YOU for being the kind and caring sole that you are.

Jul 11, 2011 03:41 AM #12
Lynn Pineda
Keller Williams Realty - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs REALTOR- Promises Delivered

Jason, wow...this was very hard to read and I can't even imagine what the family is going through. Prayers are coming their way.

Jul 11, 2011 06:16 AM #13
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

I will be praying for this family!  Thank you for the link to Addison's Caringbridge site so I can keep up with their progress.

Jul 11, 2011 08:20 AM #14

tweeting this page out immediately. 

Jul 14, 2011 12:03 AM #15

tweeting this page out immediately. 

Jul 14, 2011 12:04 AM #16
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Jason, I've been following this daily. They are a strong family and Addie is coming along. I have left messages via CaringBridge.

Thank you for allowing us to help them.

Jul 22, 2011 05:39 PM #17
Jolenta Averill

tweeting this out now

Jul 29, 2011 03:24 PM #18
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