Jun 5, 2020
Andrea Pitts of Nashville, TN is a burn survivor, community
advocate, and very kind hearted person. She believes in the power
of a simple smile and laughter from the heart, and thrives off
making others smile with positivity and helping those who are less
fortunate. These are all qualities that assist her with managing
Scars Uncovered, a nonprofit organization she has been cultivating
Scars Uncovered is an organization that encourages survivors to
uncover their scars, and to be transparent and
At the age of 18 months old, Andrea was involved in a traumatic
incident that left her with severe burns on approximately 30% of
her body. While in the kitchen and watching her mom as she
cooked one day, she turned her back to get something out of the
refrigerator. In that quick second, she instinctively reached
for the ladle she had been using on the stovetop, trying to imitate
her. This caused a pot of scalding hot water and beans to spill
over her. In pain, Andrea was rushed to the hospital and
began a recovery process that would greatly shape the rest of her
That ordeal is the reason why Andrea pushes so hard today. Scars
Uncovered was founded November 2014 with an understanding of the
journey that encompasses coping with a burn injury. What started as
an idea for a walk for burn survivors has evolved into the creation
of an entire nonprofit organization.
Scars Uncovered has assisted over 1,000 burn survivors. Their focus
is to give comfort and support to burn survivors and their
families. They provide resources that ease the burdens that often
come with the tragedy of a burn injury. They also partner with burn
units to deliver “Boxes of Love” care packages to recovering
patients and/or family members. These are specialized care packages
filled with necessities hand-picked with the needs of survivors and
their families in mind. Each care package costs approximately ten
dollars to produce, however Andrea says the impact is priceless.
Currently, they are able to provide care packages to Vanderbilt
University Regional Burn Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Shriners
Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, OH, and the Regional Burn
Center in Memphis, TN.
Andrea says "the very thing we try to hide is sometimes the very
thing God uses to bless us, and others as well."
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