Knapp Burn Foundation Trial by Fire 5K Run/Walk

Knapp Burn Foundation Trial by Fire 5K Run/Walk

Date: Sat. Jun 21, 2014 8:00 am
Event Venue: White Oak Park,
Event Street Address: White Oak Park, 1514 North Cottage, Normal, IL 61761
Event Info Phone: Vivian Elder, 309.825.7703

The first ever Knapp Burn Foundation Trial by Fire 5K Run/Walk is an event planned to bring public awareness to the Knapp Burn Foundation and allow the Foundation to bring burn education to the public. In addition to the 5K run/walk, there will be vendor booths where people can learn about the Knapp Burn Foundation, burns and burn prevention.


The Knapp Burn Foundation was established in 1989 by the family and friends of Rick Knapp. He was injured in an automobile accident in 1975, inflicting severe burns and other traumatic injuries. Throughout the ordeal, it became apparent that burns can also have a victimizing effect on family and friends. Drawing on their experiences, Rick and his family came to a disturbing realization: current support systems were not adequate to cope with the losses suffered through burns. Therefore, the Knapp Burn Foundation was created as a not-for-profit organization committed to: assisting burn victims and their families to cope with the temporary and/or permanent physical, emotional, social, and economic changes; educating others in allowing survivors to return to socially fulfilling and occupationally productive lives; equipping the public with burn prevention information. They strive to provide the support and resources to prevent burns, improve awareness, and allow survivors to move past their burns and to continue with their lives. Some of their most requested and rewarding programs are: the John Bennett-Saviano/Knapp Burn Foundation Educational Grant; Pressure Garment Grant; working with fire and medical professionals to understand the lifelong commitments of survivors and their families; educating professional organizations and schools; and being available.


The race coordinators are Vivian Elder (friend of the Knapp family) and Dawn Elmendorf (a Knapp family cousin). The 5K is planned to bring public awareness to The Knapp Burn Foundation and raise funds. It will mark the first time The Knapp Burn Foundation has reached out to the public for funding.


People interested in more information or signing up for the run can do so through the 5K website link above.


More information on The Knapp Burn Foundation may be found at


Any questions about the 5K may be directed to Vivian Elder at 309-825-7703 or; or Dawn Elmendorf at 630-292-3151 or