Burn survivor Autumn Hamilton

$151,852 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 1,945 people in 13 months
Created April 29, 2018
Fundraising team
on behalf of Dave Hamilton
Autumn Hamilton, 16 years old, of Lombard, IL, was an unfortunate burn victim in the Glendale Heights bonfire accident on April 28, 2018.


Autumn is currently at Loyola Medical Center Burn Unit on life support. She sustained 3rd degree burns to the majority of her body, especially to her face. Doctors have her in a medically induced coma. She has undergone multiple surgeries so far to relieve pressure in her face and arms. 

Autumn has has a long road ahead of her! She will require countless surgeries, facial reconstruction, therapy, rehabilitation, etc.

Please help support her and her family so she can get the treatment she desperately needs. 29519610_15250508460_r.jpeg
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Journal entry by Dahlia OConnor — 32 minutes ago

Autumn went into surgery about 11AM and was done at 3:00pm. They worked on her right eye and did the neck release. They are keeping Autumn overnight to monitor her, cause she wasn't waking up as easy as she normally does. Once she got into a room she was up walking and was waiting for Jackie to come back with some Wendy's for dinner. They are both exhausted and ready to relax. Thank you for all your love and prayers.

I am a warrior!
I am a champion!
I am a survivor!
I am growing stronger, because God stands with me
to give me strength.
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Back in Texas........Already!!!
Journal entry by Dahlia OConnor — 20 minutes ago

My goodness, isn't it crazy how fast 3 months can fly by. Autumn has been enjoying being back at school, taking her SAT, and hanging with friends. She even joined her classmates at Great America last night after Prom, she rode the rides till 4AM and was at the airport by 6:30AM. Jackie and Autumn, accompanied with Uncle Ryan, Aunt Dahlia, and sweet baby Charlotte, arrived in Texas at about 11am and are getting settled into the condo.

Tomorrow morning at 5AM they will arrive at Shriners for Autumn's 19th surgery. Autumn will have her neck released, work on her chin and lip, and we are hoping maybe one of her eyes will get worked on. Please keep her in your prayers, we will keep everyone posted when she is out of surgery. We are looking at about 4 weeks for Autumn to recover in Texas.

As Autumn and Jackie go into Shriners tomorrow, it will be with a heavy heart. On Friday, 16 year old Layne Chesney from Fort Pierce, FL, who was a fellow Burn Survivor that they meet last time at Shriners, passed away. Not only did we lose a survivor this week, we lost a friend. We are asking everyone to please say a pray for Layne and her family, may she now rest in peace.

"Staying Positive does not mean that things will turn out okay. Rather it is knowing that you will be okay no matter how things turn out." -Unknown
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April 28....... 365 days.....
Journal entry by Dahlia OConnor — 5 hours ago

365 days ago David and I came home, put a frozen pizza in the oven, texted both our girls to see where they were at and what they were doing. Brooke was getting off of work and Autumn was going to a bonfire with friends. I told them both to be safe, reminded Autumn about curfew, told them both I love them and went to bed. 40 minutes later 2 policemen were banging on our door and when we opened it our lives were forever change. I asked David the other day if the last 365 days went slow or fast. He said fast and I kind of agree.

365 days to help Autumn heal in what feels like the longest recovery ever! I don't want to dwell on the horrid past because that's not the type of person I am. Anyone that has followed Autumns recovery knows the hell, that no 16 year old should ever have to go through. A horrible accident happen and now its up to us to help her heal, regain strength, confidence and remind her that no matter what she's the bravest, most beautiful and strongest person we know. Autumn is truly a hero in our eyes! I have had 365 days to think about writing this caring bridge. For 365 days I have put mine and Autumns life in the hands of God. We know things are different but, we have watched God heal Autumn from the top of her head to the tips of her toes.
Thank you Paster Pete for always reminding us of God's miracles and being there for our family.

We have had 365 days to be thankful for every single walking angel on the 7th floor! Everyone on that floor took care of Autumn like she was their own daughter. Every nurse and Doctor allowed David and I to yell, scream, cry, be angry and they never judged us. They just let us be. Thank you to every nurse and doctor that placed their hands on Autumn to help her heal.

I have had 365 days to call and text the most amazing social worker out there! She visits on Autumns appointments and makes us laugh and reassure us everything is going to be ok. She goes out of her way to always help me find the answers we need.

365 days to be thankful to have been blessed with two of the most amazing OT's out there. If it wasn't for these 2 ladies the stay in Galveston would have been harder. They did everything, from helping me learn how to bandage Autumn to bringing us Starbucks, making banana nut muffins to doing our laundry. These 2 women have become my friends and in our hearts forever.

365 days to be thankful for having the best mom and 2 sisters someone could ever ask for. For 365 days they have put their lives on hold to make sure me and my family have been taken care of. Without my sisters and mom, I would have been lost.
365 days of having leaned on the most amazing 20 year old I know. Brooke has helped me in so many ways but, mostly by reassuring me that I am a good mom and that we are going to get through this together.

I have woken up for the last 365 days to an amazing prayer or quote from a women I had once just kind of knew to a women I now call my friend. There are days her beautiful prayers actually help me get out of bed.

Autumn and I are both so happy that God gave us an amazing angel from Mexico City. Both her and her mom taught us life could be worse and that we have to fight and never give up!

David and I have had 365 days to be thankful to every mom and dad that walked into Autumns hospital room and held her bandaged hand and always found positive things to say about Autumn. We have had 365 days to be thankful for every friend and family member that sat with us for the first 76 days at Loyola hospital. 365 days to be thankful to our family and friends who took the time out of their lives to be with us in Texas!!

We have had 365 days to be thankful for Autumns Friends. They were all put in an adult situation and I couldn't be more proud of them, Autumns friends truly love unconditionally.

We have had 365 days to be thankful to 3 teachers that have helped Autumn stay on path to be able to graduate on time.
We have had 365 days to be proud and thankful of the town we live in. Thankful for every red ribbon put on a tree. Thankful for every business that did a fundraiser and for every donation. Thankful for every family that dropped off a meal. I can honestly say being part of this amazing community makes us proud. Thank you for every card, gift card, blanket, stuffed animal and prayers.
Autumn still has a long road in her journey. Many more surgeries, doctors appointments, OT and Speech appointments, and she will continue to do great things because she has ALL OF YOU on her side. The last 365 days have been difficult, hard, and sad but, we have gotten through them together as a family. I couldn't be more proud of the way Autumn as handled all of this. Autumn is truly an angel given from God, she is our inspiration and hero.

With Love, Jackie and Dave

"One day she finally grasped that unexpected things were always going to happen in life. And with that, she realized the only control she had was how she come to handle them. So, she made the decision to Survive using courage, humor and grace. She was the Queen of her own life and the choice was hers." --Kathy Kinney
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Back to School
Journal entry by Dahlia OConnor — 1 hour ago

Autumn Strong is back at Glendbard East High School and was welcomed with open arms. Autumn is truly excited to be back at school part time, and we wanted her supporters to celebrate with us.

Love and Blessing,
Aunt Kelle
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Raised by 1,945 people in 13 months
Created April 29, 2018
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on behalf of Dave Hamilton
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