PEG Recipient Pursues a Career in Nursing

Sara Christenson- 2014 PEG Scholarship RecipientAfter suffering a burn injury at a young age, Sara Christenson recognizes the challenge of growing up as a burn survivor. Instead of letting the experience weigh her down, she uses it to help others.

She volunteers at Shriners Hospital for Children, supporting young burn survivors through their recovery process. Sara travels to other Shriners hospitals to share her story and serves as a camp counselor at several different burn camps.

“Survivors who were injured at a young age have the additional burden of growing up as a burn survivor,” she said. “Given the love, support and guidance of my family and friends I believe I have resumed life and am now focused on creating positive experiences for my community.”

Even with a rigorous academic course load, Sara still finds time to work in the pulmonary unit and hopes to serve as a patient care assistant with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Once she receives her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Sara would like to pursue a Master’s of Science in Nursing.

Her life experience taught Sara that her burn injury is just a small part of who she is – a sentiment she will share with her patients.

“I believe being a burn survivor shows my patients in rehabilitation that anything is possible. I am thrilled with my role as a nurse because I feel I can make the most impact on a patient’s outcome through direct care. I am extremely blessed to be doing what I love.”

Story contributed  with permission by AlloSource, one of the nation’s largest non-profit providers of skin, bone, and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures and the world’s largest processor of cellular bone allografts.  AlloSource has pledged a 10-year gift to support Phoenix Society’s Phoenix Education Grant program for burn survivor students pursuing their post-secondary education.  AlloSource blog:

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