Burn Survivor Turned Author Visits Shriners Hospital School

For burn survivor Kilee Brookbank, writing was part of the healing process. During a visit to the school at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, she told patients and families how her life changed in an instant when she was severely burned in an explosion that destroyed her family’s house in 2015. Kilee said writing about the experience became a form of self-discovery that allowed her to see her inner strength.

Kilee, 18, and her10Beautiful Scars mother, Lori Highlander, are co-authors of Beautiful Scars, a story of recovery, healing, and hope.  Their book takes readers from the scene of the accident into the Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati, where Kilee received care, and then imagines a young woman scarred ─  yet strong ─ and ready to embrace the future.

Kilee and her mother traveled from their home in Georgetown, Ohio to share their story with families at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.  The special presentation took place on July 12.

“Without Shriners, I wouldn’t have the amazing life I have today. I’m so grateful,” said Kilee, who will enter Xavier University as a freshman this year.

Kilee appeared on the national television program “Inside Edition” and was profiled in Woman’s World magazine. Proceeds from Beautiful Scars benefit the Kilee Gives Back Foundation, which benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Copies of Kilee’s book may be ordered through her foundation, KileeGivesBack.org, and on Amazon.



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Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org


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