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By David Pan 

Accident leads to Meadowdale grad's passion

Burned Children Recovery Foundation battling to stay in business


Last updated 11/15/2020 at 1:32pm

James Blossey

Michael Mathis, founder and president of the Burned Children Recovery Foundation, and friend.

Michael Mathis has always been a fighter.

That was never more evident than when he was 11 and nearly lost his life in a horrific accident at a friend's house near Paine Field in Everett.

Mathis went to spend the night with his friend. The two were camping outside. Because it was cold, Mathis' friend poured gasoline on a campfire.

Suddenly, and without warning, the gas can exploded: Mathis saw a big flash that knocked him to the ground.

"I thought I was laying in fire," Mathis said. "The gas blew up on me. ... I was watching the skin melt off of my arms. I knew I was in shock. I didn't feel...

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