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By David Pan 

Accident leads to life's passion

Burned Children Recovery Foundation battling to stay in business


Last updated 11/19/2020 at 5:06pm

Photo courtesy of Burned Children Recovery Foundation

Burned Children Recovery Foundation Founder and President Michael Mathis (left) poses with burn survivors Davey Ruddick and John Quinn (front, left to right) and Roger Pinneo (back, right).

Michael Mathis has always been a fighter.

That was never more evident than when he was 11 and nearly lost his life in a horrific accident at a friend's house near Paine Field.

Mathis went to spend the night with his friend. The two were camping outside. Because it was cold, Mathis' friend went to pour some gasoline on a campfire.

Suddenly and without warning, the gasoline can exploded: Mathis saw a big flash that knocked him to the ground.

"I thought I was laying in fire," Mathis said. "The gas blew up on me. ... I was watching the skin melt off of my arms. I knew I was in shock. I didn't f...

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