Burn Community Blog

The Phoenix Society is a community of burn survivors, their loved ones, health professionals, and firefighters. We work together to ensure that no one feels alone as they get back to life after a burn injury. Follow our blog for news on our work, stories of burn survivors, and resources for healing and hope. If you’re ready to share your story, be sure to join our online community for more conversation and connections.


Boundless Service - One Man’s Journey to Help Other Burn Survivors

Apr 26, 2017

This February, burn survivor Brian Davis traveled to Dallas to participate in a study conducted by the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Designed to help burn survivors in the military, the study explores the impact of burn injuries on the body’s ability to regulate temperature. With the help of burn survivors like Brian, researchers at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine are looking for a deeper understanding of these complications. Brian, who spent four days in their lab, blogged about his experience in a five-part series.

Mission and Vision in Action

Apr 16, 2017

Did you know that serving is about giving and receiving? In this excerpt from our 2017 Spring Newsletter, burn survivor Karen Colligan explains how by making an effort to "give back" you end up receiving more than you could ever give.

Reflections of a Phoenix Society Intern

Last year, the Phoenix UBelong Young Adult program created an internship opportunity intended to provide professional development in the area of therapeutic programming. This opportunity was open to all students and young professionals seeking to broaden their skills in the area of service to burn survivors and family members. Out of dozens of applications, Taylor Sherwood was the applicant chosen for this unique and impactful experience.

17 Students Awarded PEGs to Fund Their Education in 2016-17

Dec 15, 2016

The Phoenix Education Grant, or PEG, program, which was established 15 years ago, has helped dozens of burn survivors fund undergraduate and graduate education, as well as trade school. In 2013, AlloSource, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of skin, bone, and soft tissue allografts, pledged a $250,000 donation to the PEG program, to be made over 10 years. That generous contribution and countless other donations have made it possible to award grants to 17 students this year.

We Learned How to Handle Stares…

Oct 22, 2016

At some point or another we’ve all stared at something. We stare mostly at things that are different, whether it is something we think is creative, beautiful, confusing, suspenseful, unique, funny, dangerous or even disgusting. Some of us might even have the guts to approach whatever we are staring at so we can get more information. Sounds innocent enough, right? Well, it might be, until you are the one being stared at.

Top 5 Things I Learned at Phoenix UBelong This Week!

Oct 22, 2016

Phoenix UBelong participants share the top 5 things they learned this week at Phoenix UBelong:

We Love Our Phoenix WBC Volunteers!

Oct 21, 2016

Each year we are inspired by the dedication and talent of our volunteers who toil, sweat, innovate, and CARE to help create this amazing event known as "Phoenix World Burn Congress".

Jason Schechterle Shares Hope and Possibility

Oct 20, 2016

Growing up, Jason had one dream—to serve as a Phoenix Police Officer. Inspired by his brother and the tragic loss of a local law enforcement hero, Jason worked persistently towards his dream. After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into what was supposed to be a life-long career, Jason’s life took an unexpected, dramatic and, at the time, tragic turn.

It’s Official!  Phoenix World Burn Congress 2016 Opens!

Oct 20, 2016

The Phoenix Society's 28th annual Phoenix World Burn Congress has officially opened! On Thursday morning, the attendees of Phoenix World Burn Congress 2016 received a heartfelt welcome from Lorraine Carli, board president of the Phoenix Society. "We are now at a pivotal point in our history where we are setting a course for a bold new future," Lorraine said.

Sharing “Pieces of Me” at Phoenix UBelong

Oct 20, 2016

How often do we take the time to appreciate ourselves as individuals? To explore how we got where we are and which experiences and people have shaped us? Phoenix UBelong participants had the opportunity to find the answers to all these questions this year.

Young Adults Look “Beyond My Scars” in Newport

Oct 18, 2016

For Young Adult workshop participants, the dazzling waters of Newport beach, carousels by the beach, and the opulence of historic mansions served as stunning backdrops for a day of focusing outward for peer support and also inward for strength and direction. This year’s workshop focused on tools for showing what it’s like for young adults, looking #BeyondMyScars to what really matters, and what comes next in life.

Walk of Remembrance Pays Tribute To Lives Lost to Burn Injury

Oct 14, 2016

The Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress 2016 kicked off with a stirring and inspiring 'Walk of Remembrance'. The walk was held from the Omni Providence Hotel to the Rhode Island State House and saw a community of hundreds of burn survivors and their loved ones, burn care professionals, and firefighters gather to pay tribute to the lives lost to burn injuries. The walk also offered a time to remember personal losses and memories related to burn injuries.

Thanks to Our Phoenix WBC 2016 Sponsors

Oct 14, 2016

Thank you to our incredible sponsors who help make Phoenix World Burn Congress one of the most powerful burn community events! The support of 82 wonderful sponsors have provided hope, healing, and increased knowledge of burn recovery to over 800 attendees. It is because of your generosity that we are able to provide Phoenix World Burn Congress program each year.

Phoenix World Burn Congress Focuses on Long-Term Recovery Resources

Oct 6, 2016

Providence, RI – A severe burn can be one of the most devastating injuries that a human body can suffer, both physically and emotionally. Medical advancements have improved survival rates over 96% (American Burn Association) in U.S. Burn Centers. But survival is not enough. There is a growing need and a demand to provide emotional support and recovery resources for burn survivors and their families as they endure the reality of lifelong healing from a burn injury. This is the message that more than 900 burn survivors and their families, caregivers, burn care professionals and firefighters will share with the world at the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivor’s 28th annual Phoenix World Burn Congress on October 19 to 22 at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.

The State of Your Life

Sep 27, 2016

John O'Leary was 9 years old when he suffered burn over 100% of his body and expected to die. Today, John is an inspirational speaker and author. Read about John's struggle with accepting his true reflection after suffering his burn injury.

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