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.


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.

Chelsea Crawford, PEG Scholarship Recipient, Pursues Lifelong Dream of Being a Neonatal Nurse

Jun 2, 2014

Chelsea Crawford, 2013 Phoenix Education Grant Recipient, has always dreamed of becoming a neonatal nurse. She explains that her burn injury has helped transform her into being a better person, and she is utilizing the PEG Scholarship from Phoenix Society to pursue her education so she can further her work with children.

Jason Heard,  Phoenix Education Grant Recipient, Pursues a Medical Career

Jun 2, 2014

Jason Heard, 2013 Phoenix Education Grant Recipient, explains how his burn injury has helped guide him down a path of pursuing an education in medicine. He worked on research projects and taught burn injury prevention in Zambia in 2009, 2011, and 2012. He hopes to one day build a burn prevention and burn care training center to serve the entire continent of Africa.

Sarah Bazey International Burn Survivor Advocate

Jun 2, 2014

Sarah Bazey, burn survivor, Phoenix Society board member draws her reign as Mrs. International 2012. During her reign she tirelessly traveled to 17 countries and throughout the United States advocating on behalf of burn survivors everywhere. Her message was one of hope; that no burn survivor need to travel the journey of recovery alone....

We Were Asked to Share Our Voices - Now We Must Respond

Apr 2, 2014

Phoenix Society member involvement is crucial to research work. By bringing together the researchers, care providers, and burn survivors we have had the opportunity to not only understand the challenges in burn recovery but truly address them with interventions/programs that will promote the best outcomes for those with burn injuries.The size of the Phoenix Society membership enables us to address one of the greatest challenges within burn care research—obtaining the number of subjects needed to conduct valid research. The Phoenix Society clearly has a network of burn care providers, survivors, and family members with a breadth of experience and passion for this work that is unparalleled. We are currently working with our partners on several research projects that will benefit from your involvement. We ask that when you receive an invitation to take part, you consider the value of your voice, feel the empowerment, and understand the impact you may have on the future of burn care if you choose to participate. We may not be researchers, but we live with a burn injury every day. We hold the keys to what will help us live the fullest life possible.

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