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.


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.

Top 5 Things I Learned at Phoenix UBelong This Week!

Oct 22, 2016

Phoenix UBelong participants share the top 5 things they learned this week at Phoenix UBelong:

We Love Our Phoenix WBC Volunteers!

Oct 21, 2016

Each year we are inspired by the dedication and talent of our volunteers who toil, sweat, innovate, and CARE to help create this amazing event known as "Phoenix World Burn Congress".

Jason Schechterle Shares Hope and Possibility

Oct 20, 2016

Growing up, Jason had one dream—to serve as a Phoenix Police Officer. Inspired by his brother and the tragic loss of a local law enforcement hero, Jason worked persistently towards his dream. After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into what was supposed to be a life-long career, Jason’s life took an unexpected, dramatic and, at the time, tragic turn.

It’s Official!  Phoenix World Burn Congress 2016 Opens!

Oct 20, 2016

The Phoenix Society's 28th annual Phoenix World Burn Congress has officially opened! On Thursday morning, the attendees of Phoenix World Burn Congress 2016 received a heartfelt welcome from Lorraine Carli, board president of the Phoenix Society. "We are now at a pivotal point in our history where we are setting a course for a bold new future," Lorraine said.

Sharing “Pieces of Me” at Phoenix UBelong

Oct 20, 2016

How often do we take the time to appreciate ourselves as individuals? To explore how we got where we are and which experiences and people have shaped us? Phoenix UBelong participants had the opportunity to find the answers to all these questions this year.

Young Adults Look “Beyond My Scars” in Newport

Oct 18, 2016

For Young Adult workshop participants, the dazzling waters of Newport beach, carousels by the beach, and the opulence of historic mansions served as stunning backdrops for a day of focusing outward for peer support and also inward for strength and direction. This year’s workshop focused on tools for showing what it’s like for young adults, looking #BeyondMyScars to what really matters, and what comes next in life.

Walk of Remembrance Pays Tribute To Lives Lost to Burn Injury

Oct 14, 2016

The Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress 2016 kicked off with a stirring and inspiring 'Walk of Remembrance'. The walk was held from the Omni Providence Hotel to the Rhode Island State House and saw a community of hundreds of burn survivors and their loved ones, burn care professionals, and firefighters gather to pay tribute to the lives lost to burn injuries. The walk also offered a time to remember personal losses and memories related to burn injuries.

Thanks to Our Phoenix WBC 2016 Sponsors

Oct 14, 2016

Thank you to our incredible sponsors who help make Phoenix World Burn Congress one of the most powerful burn community events! The support of 82 wonderful sponsors have provided hope, healing, and increased knowledge of burn recovery to over 800 attendees. It is because of your generosity that we are able to provide Phoenix World Burn Congress program each year.

Phoenix World Burn Congress Focuses on Long-Term Recovery Resources

Oct 6, 2016

Providence, RI – A severe burn can be one of the most devastating injuries that a human body can suffer, both physically and emotionally. Medical advancements have improved survival rates over 96% (American Burn Association) in U.S. Burn Centers. But survival is not enough. There is a growing need and a demand to provide emotional support and recovery resources for burn survivors and their families as they endure the reality of lifelong healing from a burn injury. This is the message that more than 900 burn survivors and their families, caregivers, burn care professionals and firefighters will share with the world at the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivor’s 28th annual Phoenix World Burn Congress on October 19 to 22 at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.

The State of Your Life

Sep 27, 2016

John O'Leary was 9 years old when he suffered burn over 100% of his body and expected to die. Today, John is an inspirational speaker and author. Read about John's struggle with accepting his true reflection after suffering his burn injury.

The Burn Survivor Voice and the State of the Science Conference

Ten years ago in 2006 the American Burn Association (ABA) and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) organized the first State of Science (SOS) meeting in Washington, DC. Representatives from the burn community—healthcare practitioners, fire service professionals, researchers, and burn survivors, among others—came together to set priorities for burn research and practice. Phoenix Society brought to the table a broad national perspective and the ability to identify survivor and family advocates who could share their personal experiences, as well as those of the survivors and family members they support through the Phoenix SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) program. In February 2016, the ABA and NIDILRR convened the second SOS Progress in Burn Research Acute and Rehabilitative Care meeting, read on to review the progress made in the last decade.

Pick Up Your Fork

" When I was 9 years old, I suffered burns over 100% of my body and was expected to die. Today, I share my story with more than 50,000 people each year in hopes that they may live a more radically inspired life. As a Phoenix Society Ambassador, I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as a guest blogger and share my story with you." John O'Leary, author of ON FIRE: The Seven Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Live, discusses the joy of coming come from the hospital five months after being burned, and the troubling realization that his journey had only just begun.

Tips to Be Sure Your Child Is Ready for Burn Camp

Burn camp can be the highlight of the year for many kids and teens after burn injury. It can be a life-changing opportunity to form friendships, find support, and have fun! So, how do you choose the best burn camp to fit your child? And how do you help prepare your child for camp? Find useful tips offered by for selecting a burn camp that best fits your child's needs...

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