The 2018 Edge Servant Leadership Award Goes to Scott Denman
The Edge Servant Leadership Award recognizes an individual who is a selfless leader in the community, who works hard in a volunteer capacity for the benefit of others.
Scott Denman became a burn survivor in 1992 while he was working a summer job. The natural gas explosion caused Scott to receive burns on over 60 percent of his body. He initially spent three weeks in a coma and then another four weeks at the University of Texas Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. The injury didn’t stop him, and he only missed one semester before he returned to finish his college degree at the Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.
Scott was involved with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors soon after the accident. One of his occupational therapists told him to go to Phoenix World Burn Congress, and she helped fund his trip to attend in 1992. He’s thankful for attending PWBC because he learned he wasn’t the only one going through post-burn injury challenges.
“You are not alone,” Scott said. “There are other people out there that understand what you are going through to some extent and have walked that walk.” Scott’s life since then has been a testament to the importance of seeking and creating community support for survivors and family members.
Now, Scott Denman is an outside salesman for an equipment rental and construction company in Hurst, Texas. He is also actively involved with the burn survivor community. Scott is a Phoenix SOAR® (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery®) volunteer at the Parkland Hospital in Dallas and a Phoenix SOAR national instructor. He also helps run a monthly support group at the hospital. His volunteer work doesn’t end there—Scott facilitates another burn survivor support group at the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. Scott is also a member of the Phoenix World Burn Congress Program Committee (helping to shape the topics and speakers offered at the event) as well as a co-chair of the public phase of the Phoenix Society’s Never Alone campaign.
“[My favorite part of working with burn survivors] is seeing the hope and light bulb go off where ‘hey I’m not alone,’” Scott said. “When they get that grasp that their life isn’t over.”
Scott is honored to receive the first ever Edge Servant Leadership Award. He knew Tom Edge personally and knew he had such a big heart.
“Tom was a very special individual, and I feel very humbled to be the first recipient,” Scott said. “Just to be mentioned with him is just amazing. It’s very humbling - I’m almost speechless.”
Scott strives to continue to support the burn survivor community. He is also thankful for having his amazing wife Barbara and the support she gives him, as he knows this wouldn’t be possible without her.
We are grateful for Scott’s selfless and tireless service to the many and diverse members of the burn community, embodying the message that by both giving and receiving support, we are never alone.