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.


Phoenix UBelong Childcare

Oct 22, 2014

The development of child and family programming at Phoenix World Burn Congress has introduced opportunities for many new forms of support for everyone in the family. Phoenix UBelong provides programs for young adults, older teens, kids 7 to 17 years old, parents, and a daycare setting for children from infancy to six years of age. Phoenix Society contracts with a specialized expert childcare group each year to staff the program for our littlest attendees. They provide equipment, toys and activities and experienced trained personnel for the infants through preschoolers. It is comforting for parents to know their children are safe and having fun at the same time the parents are able to immerse themselves in the adult program.

The Paradigm Challenge

Oct 20, 2014

The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and Project Paradigm (a private foundation) invite youth aged 7 to 18 to join The Paradigm Challenge, an annual competition to affect positive change in the world.The first annual Challenge aims to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires – America’s #1 disaster threat. Project Paradigm will award cash prizes of up to $100,000 to the top 100 teams.

Become a Phoenix WBC Social Media Volunteer

Oct 19, 2014

Share your Phoenix World Burn Congress 2014 experiences! We’re looking for people interested in documenting their experience at Phoenix WBC in Anaheim, CA. If you are planning to attend, please consider becoming an “official” Phoenix World Burn Congress Contributor. You don’t have to be a journalist or professional photographer or writer to share your experience. By contributing, you’ll help those who are not able to physically attend the event be connected to the burn survivor community through social media.

New Website Launched!

Oct 14, 2014

Phoenix Society has launched our new website! We hope you find the new site exciting, with helpful resources and a compassionate place to get connected to others in the burn community. With the launch of the new website comes a number of new and enhanced features including:

Press Release - Phoenix World Burn Congress 2014 in Anaheim, CA

Oct 7, 2014

Anaheim, CA – A severe burn can be one of the most painful injuries that a human body can suffer, both physically and emotionally. For many families, the difficulty in finding access to long-term support services can add to their burden as they work to heal the physical and emotional scars. As survival rates climb over 96% (American Burn Association) in U.S. Burn Centers, there is a greater need for long-term recovery services to meet the physical and emotional needs of burn survivors and their families. This is the message that more than 900 burn survivors, their families, caregivers, burn care professionals and firefighters will share with the world at the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors® 26th annual Phoenix World Burn Congress® on October 22 to 25 at the Hilton Anaheim in California.

Buses By The Beach - Bus Boo!

Oct 3, 2014

The Volks at Buses by the Beach had a lot of fun at their Halloween themed event Bus Boo! The event was held the last weekend of September and marked the return of fall for the 14th year. Summer-like weather greeted campers as they rolled into Grand Rogue Campground in their vintage VW's, 46 buses in all from all over the mid-west. The campground is situated at the confluence of the Grand and Rogue rivers near Grand Rapids Michigan and has been the gracious host for many years. Bus pilots and their family members enjoyed campfires and conversation on Friday night as everyone got settled in for the weekend. Old acquaintances were renewed and new friendships were made. Perfect weather greeted everyone Saturday morning. As morning turned to afternoon participants began their preparations for the many contests to be held. Buses by the Beach celebrates the iconic VW bus and its community whose mission is to raise money for the Phoenix Society.

Team Phoenix Chicago - Millayna and Sarah’s Stories

Team Phoenix - Chicago is getting ready to race to the finish line on Sunday, October 12, 2014! Two of the runners this year, Millayna Klingback and Sarah Bazey, are burn survivors running their first marathons and we'd like to share their stories with you.

Press Release - Phoenix WBC 2014

Sep 17, 2014

From October 22-25, 2014, more than 900 burn survivors, their families, burn care professionals and firefighters will attend the Phoenix World Burn Congress held at the Hilton Anaheim to share experiences with other survivors, increase their knowledge about recovery, and learn about support networks. During the four-day conference, sessions will cover topics ranging from social challenges such as dealing with anxiety and psychological pain after hospital discharge, a young adult program to help survivors ages 18-25 build confidence, fostering personal growth and enhancing communication skills. A special youth and family program for children from 7 to 17 years old will help family members learn how a burn injury impacts the overall family structure.

Maureen’s Story - Your Gifts At Work

Imagine facing a burn injury alone without an expert team you can call for support – a team who knows what you’re going through. Fear that someone will see the scars. It’s easier to keep them hidden you think. That is what Maureen thought for 57 years. But, that began to change last December when she contacted Phoenix Society. Maureen’s first call to the Phoenix Society in December 2012 was one of those beginnings. Maureen explained that she was burned at the age of 3 when hot oil was poured on the top of her head. Maureen tells her story of getting connected to resources and personalized support, and her transformation of healing.

18 Scholars Benefit From Phoenix Education Grants for 2013-14 Academic Year

Aug 16, 2014

Due to the generosity of our donors, a record number of 18 burn survivors are furthering their education this year with the help of a Phoenix Education Grant (PEG). Read about the 2013 PEG recipients and their inspiring stories and aspirations.

PRESS RELEASE:  AlloSource Donates to Burn Survivor Scholarship Fund

Jun 26, 2014

AlloSource, one of the nation's largest nonprofit providers of skin, bone, and soft tissue allografts, announced a pledge of $300,000 over 10 years to the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. This timely investment from AlloSource helps to ensure burn patients receive the very best aftercare they deserve. A significant portion of this gift ($250,000) will be dedicated to the Phoenix Education Scholarship (PEG) that will allow Phoenix Society to award more scholarships each year; helping more burn survivors achieve their educational dreams.

News:  Take Charge of Burn Recovery - Pain Management Study

Jun 26, 2014

The Phoenix Society is working with The Johns Hopkins Regional Burn Center as well as The Johns Hopkins University Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Department of Psychiatry to improve the lives of persons with burn injuries. As part of this effort, we are working together to develop and test a new program to help burn survivors manage their pain. Take Charge of Burn Recovery - Pain is a computer based, online program that gives information and tips on how to manage pain following burn injury. Phoenix Society is looking for burn survivors over the age of 18 to participate.

10-Year Anniversary of Tragedy Provides Opportunity to Give Back

Jun 2, 2014

The Pearson family shares the story of the impact of a plane crash and of lives lost - and their inspiration to participate in Team Phoenix. "We wanted our run to be a tangible event that put a little more hope into the world, especially for other burn survivors and for [our daughters]. There are times in life when you need to be humble and accept help and there are times in life when you have the opportunity to give back."

Rachel Anderson, 2013 PEG Recipient, Pursues Her Career in Physical Therapy

Jun 2, 2014

Rachel Anderson, 2013 Phoenix Education Grant Recipient, is pursuing a degree in physical therapy with hopes that her education allow her to "help kids who need physical therapy. My life goal is to be a role model and how others that nothing can stop you." She indicates that her burn injury has shaped her to be "a better person today".

Dexter Durlin, 2013 PEG Scholarship Recipient, Feels It’s “Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams”

Jun 2, 2014

Dexter Durlin, 2013 Phoenix Education Grant recipient pursued his dream of a college education of being a teacher, only after his children completed their own degrees. He explains how he sees his future of encouraging other students that "anything is possible - no matter what challenges life may hand them." He also utilizes his skills as an auctioneer and hopes to benefit Phoenix Society in the future with his skills.

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