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 stories and resources by the burn community, for the burn community.

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Me, a Monster?

When people identify how you look – something out of your control — as generically bad, it is hard not to think...am I bad? Is this who I am? Is this how everyone perceives me?

Burns on the Big Screen

Feb 3, 2018

To learn how burn survivors specifically are portrayed in film, we embarked on a research project to put data behind the problem we've all identified. Our findings were grim, but unsurprising.

#BurnsAreBeautiful Campaign

In September, Phoenix Society launched the “Burns Are Beautiful” campaign. Featured here, survivors share their stories of resilience, acceptance, and beauty with the tag #burnsarebeautiful.

Meet Niki Acton

Jan 3, 2018

"Because Phoenix Society is currently investing in telling its story, now is a very exciting time to come onboard as a storyteller. I feel fortunate to spend my days telling the powerful stories of our community—and of this organization. I’m a forward-thinking person, so the innovation happening at Phoenix Society right now is also thrilling to me."

Meet Jim Maymon

Jim Maymon joined the Phoenix Society Board of Directors in October 2017.

Greater Than: Our Rally Cry

The vision of Phoenix Society is to unite the voice of the burn community across the globe to profoundly advance lifelong healing, optimal recovery, and burn prevention. That’s a big, audacious vision. Some might say it’s unattainable. But as individuals impacted by burns and fire, we have a deep knowledge of what it takes to reach goals others believe are impossible. We understand that in the face of hardship, we rise.

Hickey Award Recipient 2017: David (Rico) Petruccelli

Jan 3, 2018

The Joe Hickey Fire Service Award honors a firefighter or firefighter burn foundation that works to carry on the mission of the Phoenix Society and the local burn community. The award recipient must follow the late FDNY firefighter Joe Hickey's philosophy of placing the well-being of burn survivors above all, as his or her top priority. This year's recipient is David "Rico" Petruccelli.

Breslau Award Recipient 2017: Pat Horan

Jan 3, 2018

The Alan and Delwyn Breslau Award is the highest distinction the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors can bestow and honors a Society member who has, through a collaborative spirit, significantly enhanced the ability of the Society to fulfill its mission of peer support, education, and advocacy. This year's recipient is Pat Horan.

Harman Award Recipient 2017: Shriners Hospital for Children

Jan 3, 2018

Each year, the Harman Award is given to a Phoenix Society supporter that has had a significant impact on our community and organization programs through financial and volunteer leadership. This year's recipient is Shriners Hospital for Children.

Renewal is Greater Than Regret

The Newtons’ story is an important reminder that whatever challenges we face, renewal is greater than regret. Every member of the Newton family struggled in a different way, but they each embarked on a journey of recovery and renewal. In 2009, Braegan and Kade were injured in a fire. After 3 months in the hospital, the Newton family returned home and tried to pick up where they left off. But they lived hours away from their doctor, and the family struggled without support.

Taking Care of Yourself at Phoenix World Burn Congress

Imagine this: a young solo traveler from Canada with little to no instruction of what to expect. Man oh man, it was quite the adventure. As I reflect on my time discovering each intricate layer of Phoenix World Burn Congress, I am grateful for the people who so willingly became my friends and surrounded me with love.

#BurnsAreBeautiful: How Kechi embraced her Scars

Kechi Okwuchi, America's Got Talent finalist, shares her #burnsarebeautiful story. "That memory signifies one of the most meaningful moments of my life as a burn survivor because I realized something important: "The real Kechi shines through her scarred exterior every day, and she is strong and beautiful."”

Preparing for your Flight to Phoenix World Burn Congress

Whether you’re flying to Dallas from across the country or from the other side of the world, you might be worried about navigating airport security checkpoints on your journey. Sensitive scars, prosthetics, and pressure garments can make security screening a difficult process for burn survivors. That's why we reached out to Susan Buckland, Senior Policy advisor with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for tips on an accessible journey.

Ways to Impact Lives

Sep 18, 2017

With your support, Phoenix Society will ensure that no one affected by a burn injury is forced to journey through healing alone. Every gift is a powerful way to provide the tools to thrive again to those who need them most.

Looking Forward

Sep 18, 2017

By building on our founder's passion for peer support, we'll reach more, connect more, and mobilize our community for action. We will be greater than we've been before.

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