About ACBC

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Our History

Established in 1986 by the Northern Ohio Fire Fighters, the Northeast Fire Chief’s Association, and MetroHealth Medical Center of Cleveland, the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Foundation (ACBC) aids children with severe burn injuries.

ACBC covers the cost of medical equipment, offers individualized support, and sponsors the free, four-day retreat, Camp Phoenix, for burn survivors aged 5 to 16 at Camp Cheerful in Strongsville, Ohio. This therapeutic camp encourages interaction among around fifty burned children, fostering coping and recovery.

ACBC also provides scholarships to pediatric patients from the Burn Center and promotes fire safety through Fire Safety Houses, 28-foot trailers operated by firefighters, reaching over 3,000 Northeast Ohio school children annually with essential fire safety education.

Our Mission

The mission of the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children of Northeast Ohio (ACBC) is to prevent burn injuries through fire education and to impact the physical and emotional rehabilitation of pediatric burn survivors.

We've been able to:

  • Educate over 3000 children in fire safety so they know how to be proactive and protect themselves
  • Bring 250+ young burn survivors to camp where they can be themselves and thrive
  • Recycle over 65,000 pounds of aluminum recycled per year to keep our earth clean

…all with the help of our communities! Donate or join our mission today to help us continue our efforts.

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Our Board

Our organization runs on the kindness and energy of our volunteers. Meet the people who make ACBC what it is today.
William Ross, Executive Director

William Ross
Executive Director

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Mike Carroll

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Ben Laurendeau
Vice President

Kristian Barr, ACBC Treasurer

Kristian Barr, CPA

Daniel Deagan
Restaurant/Bar Owner, Lakewood/Beachwood Truck Park

Sam Gmetro
Fire Fighter/Paramedic, Bay Village

William Gorey
Battalion Chief, Cleveland Fire Department

Chris Haddock
Retired Fire Chief, Euclid Fire Department

Myran Jackson
Fire Fighter, Cleveland Fire Department

Casey Kohler
Trauma/Burn Surgeon, MetroHealth

Bill Mastroianni
Director of Operations, Euclid Fire Department

Andrew Neading
Burn Program Manager, MetroHealth

Mike Norman
OAPFF 2nd VP, Cleveland Fire Department

Kristen Trolio
Grants Manager, Cleveland Metroparks

Todd Ungar
Chief, Willoughby Fire Department

George Ward
Fire Fighter/Paramedic, Willoughby Fire Department

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From donating money to donating aluminum cans, every little bit helps fuel our mission.

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