ROYERSFORD – Thunder Outreach is hosting a benefit concert for Kyra Tramontana, the 19-year-old victim of a work accident that left second- and third-degree burns over 35 percent of her body.
Tramontana is a Spring-Ford High School graduate who was working at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in the Park Towne Plaza shopping center off North Lewis Road May 5 when oil in the fryer spilled onto her. Tramontana was severely burned and was flown to Temple University Hospital.
The benefit concert is the third in a series of community concerts by Thunder Outreach to help local people in need.
Wayne Houck, a pastor whose daughter worked with Kyra at Dickey’s, has been one of the key organizers of the event.
“When it happened, people came to me and thought it was my daughter that had been hurt,” Houck said.
Houck teamed up with his friend Mark Malizzi, the president of Thunder Outreach, to organize the concert. It will be played by Heaven’s Thunder, a southern rock band that Malizzi describes as “if Lynrd Skynrd showed up to play church music on Sunday.”
“We want nothing more than this concert to be packed,” he said.
Kyra has spent three weeks in the ICU and underwent three skin graft surgeries, the last of which was on Friday.
She currently goes to therapy at Temple three times a week.
When asked about Kyra’s condition, Houck said, “I think it’s going to be about two years until she’s fully functional.”
“The concert is free, but if anyone wants to make a donation, during the intermission we will give them the chance to do so,” Malizzi said. “Every penny is going to go to Kyra.”
The concert will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Trinity Lighthouse Church, 66 S. Limerick Road, Royersford. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.