Helping Rhode Islanders Today - The John Martins Foundation

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Lives will be saved. Lives will be changed.

Helping Rhode Islanders Today - The John Martins Foundation

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The John Martins Foundation is a charitable organization formed to aid those who have suffered, directly and indirectly, the consequences of life-threatening burns. It promotes stability by providing assistance in a number of critical areas during the recovery process. Efforts include broad-based education about the nature, causes, and prevention of burns. Lives will be saved. Lives will be changed.

We envision and seek to shape a future that will bring bold advances in technology for burn victims. We are committed to providing financial support for burn victims.


About John Martins

Four days ago, the fourth anniversary of the passing of John was marked. This is the post made on the John Martins Foundation Facebook page on that day, which gives you the sense of spirit and mission of John and those he left behind:

“Today marks 4 years since John Martins was in his tragic accident that left 85-90% of his body covered with 2nd & 3rd degree burns. It was on this day that his life, and his friends and families life’s would be changed forever.

We did not know the severity of the situation at the time as we thought John would recover fully and in a quick time. However, we learned very quickly that burns are one of the worst injuries to occur and John could have been in the hospital for many months and his recovery process in its entirety could have lasted years.

He would have had to have many surgeries and many sessions of physical therapy just to do many easy tasks like brushing his teeth or putting on his clothes.

After seeing what John had gone through in his 23 day duration in the hospital, the thought of his state has never left my mind and I wish I could have done something to take his pain and suffering away. I was extremely powerless and felt helpless in his fight to recovery as I watched him slowly pass away.

Four years later, we mourn the life of John Martins by trying to ease the pain of others who have suffered the same fate as John did in his fatal accident four years ago this day.

Four years later, I myself am not powerless in helping burn victims such as John.

Four years have gone by so quickly and through so much help from friends, family, and complete strangers, we have built the John Martins Foundation to what it is today and it could not have been done without the help of everyone in the community.

We are on a mission to help burn victims like John to honor his life and his legacy.

We miss his kind heart every day and we will continue to help others in memory of him.


Support the Foundation - today - at the John Martins Foundation 4th Annual Car & Tow Truck Show

Sunday, Sept. 8th, 10am to 3pm at McCoy Stadium, in Pawtucket. This event is free and open to the public. Vehicle registration starts at 8:30am for $10. All vehicles entered are eligible to win an award! Over 80 trophies are available to win. All proceeds benefit the John Martins Foundation. This is a CASH ONLY event!

For more information on the John Martins Foundation:
Jonathan Turmel 774-203-6779

795 Newport Ave, South Attleboro, MA 02703

ATTN: Steven Silva

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