Kim suffered many years of painful burn therapy, but she always longed to reach out and help other children who were victimized by war.In the 1980s, Kim got a chance to study medicine in Cuba, where she met her future husband, Bui Huy Toan. In 1992, the couple asked for political asylum in Canada during their honeymoon trip.
Half a century later, she lives in Ajax, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She established Kim Phuc Foundation International, with the aim of providing medical and psychological assistance to child victims of war.
Phan Thị Kim Phúc is the living symbol of the suffering of innocent war victims. Her image of being burned by napalm during the Vietnam War raised worldwide awareness of the horrors of the War, and indeed of all wars, and made her the bearer of the message of forgiveness, reconciliation, and tolerance.