Encinitas non-profit hosts burn victim retreat

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Burn survivors from San Diego, across the country and
England began a week-long confidence-building retreat Sunday hosted by an
Encinitas-based non-profit organization.

Angel Faces, which serves girls and young women with disfiguring other
traumatic injuries, is hosting its annual retreat this year at Glen Ivy Resort
in Corona. Attendees will work with experts, meet others in similar situations
and learn to be more confident during the event, according to the organization.

Angel Faces founder Lesia Cartelli, who was burned on her face and body
in a natural gas explosion at age 9, said the retreat was only a small
component.

“We see the fruits of our labor when the girls go back home,” Cartelli
said. “We receive several calls and emails from the parents and medical
centers about how confident and content their daughter/patient is since she has
returned — she joined a sports or academic team at school or now is going to
prom, or interviewing for a first job, ending their social death.”

Organization officials said the retreats and aftercare programs focused
on the healing process and licensed therapists were on hand to help with issues
of trauma and loss.

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