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.


“Burns Are Beautiful:” Five Survivors on Scars and Self Love

"I am a masterpiece, I’m proud of who I am, and my burns are beautiful.” Five burn survivors share their stories of beauty, confidence, and strength.

Coming Full Circle at Phoenix SOAR Training

"I knew the training and the connections would push me to continue to heal and grow. I had no idea how moving the experience would be." Alicia Assad, mother of a burn survivor, describes her experience at Phoenix SOAR Peer Support Volunteer Training.

Healthy Living, Healthy Healing: 3 Ways Exercise Helped Me Heal

Michelle Valladares shares how she committed to a healthy lifestyle after her burn injury, a commitment that has given her a lot in return.

Giving a Future of Hope

Today, Howard is intentional in looking back and leveraging his past to build a better future for burn survivors everywhere.

Introducing our new Staff

Jul 28, 2017

In the latest issue of Burn Support Magazine, we introduced three of the newest members of the Phoenix Society team. Learn about their backgrounds, talents, and passion for supporting the burn community.

Laser Treatment for Burn Scars: A Practical Guide

We collaborated with Dr. Kristen M. Kelly, a board certified dermatologist and Professor at University of California Irvine, to answer some of your questions about laser treatment for burn scars.

Looking Out the Window

After his burn injury, Evan Duran faced his fears and achieved his goal of becoming a professional photographer.

Coming Out Again

James Bosch explores his parallel journeys of coming out and accepting his differences as a gay man and a burn survivor.

Soaring Above Rock Bottom

Despite Alexi’s high hopes for college, her years there were the hardest of her life. In this post, Alexi shares her story and the lessons she’s learned.

5 Things I Learned as the Child of a Burn Survivor

A burn injury has an impact on everyone in the family, but sometimes those effects can be positive. In this blog, one young woman shares a few things she learned as the daughter of a burn survivor.

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.

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