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.


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.

Reg Richards, MS, PT, Answers “Why We Give”

Mar 29, 2014

Reg Richard is a world-renowned burn rehabilitation expert and generous supporter of the Phoenix Society. Reg was moved to make annual donations after his remarkable experience at Phoenix World Burn Congress 2007. You may have received a note from Reg that closed "Yours in Burn Rehab". That is because he believes we are all partners in burn recovery, and supporting the Phoenix Society is an important part of being a true partner in burn rehab that extends beyond the physical. Reg states "My support ensures everyone has the opportunity to be empowered in his or her recovery".

Where Are They Now? 2002 PEG Recipient Ryan Douglas

Ryan Douglas, past recipient of the Phoenix Education Grant (PEG) Scholarship has used the scholarship as a motivating and driving force throughout his undergrad school experience and during his early employment career. He continued to use that same motivation for his studies to earn an Executive MBA from Baylor University.

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