Identical triplets -- Trae, Jordan and Chandra Berns -- were severely burned in a house fire at only 17 months old.
Waibel is a dermatologist in Palm Beach, Fla., who specializes in cutaneous laser surgery.
The triplets also have started their own foundation, "Three for Hope," which will focus on helping other burn survivors pay medical bills and pay for laser treatments to improve the quality of burn scars.
MESSAGE FROM CHANDRA, TRAE AND JORDAN BERNS:
"Thank you so much to everyone for the positive feedback and support! This has been a wonderful journey, and we are glad to have shared it with all of you. In the beginning, before we chose to share our story with the world, we said that if we can just help one single person in some way, everything would be worth letting the world in on our story and struggles that we have overcome. And it looks like we have done that! We can't express all of the gratitude toward all of you for all of the beautiful messages, comments, inspiring stories you have shared and all of the donations made to the Three for Hope Foundation! We are going to help as many people as we possibly can, and it would not happen without generous hearts like you all have! We will keep everyone posted with our latest updates on our foundation's Web site. Please visit threeforhope.org!"
ANSWERS FROM CHANDRA BERNS:
AMANDA, Hadley, Mass.: Has this journey made an impact in what you aspire to become in a professional aspect?
CHANDRA: Well, at the beginning of this journey with getting the treatments and doing all of the media, we already knew what we wanted to do. I had the hopes of starting a foundation for burn survivors and their families since the age of 17. But since all of this has happened, it has sped up the process, which I am so grateful for! I didn't know what I wanted to major in, I could NOT make up my mind because I wanted to do everything, but since my dream is coming true, that has definitely helped me make up my mind and I am going into nonprofit business. My sisters Jordan and Trae have wanted to be occupational therapists for quite some time as well.
CAROL, Austin, Texas: How can I become involved in Three for Hope? My husband and I were so impressed with these girls' spirits and determinations and would be proud to call them "granddaughters." What can we do to help this wonderful cause?
CHANDRA: We are just getting our foundation launched and need all the help we can possibly get, i.e. help with getting the word out, and doing fundraisers and what not because we have a lot of people out there to help, and just not enough funding as of right now to cater to everyone, but we will get there ... and with help from people like yourself, that would be so wonderful! If you go to threeforhope.org you will see an e-mail address you can contact us at, and we will discuss this further!
TRACY, Diamond Bar, Calif.: Wow, what an incredible story! You are the same age as my daughter. I am an English Second Language teacher about to move to China for a year. I am also a public speaking major. Have you thought of taking your inspirational story global? Have you thought of taking your fund raising efforts global as well?