Phoenix World Burn Congress 2014 Officially Opens!

Phoenix World Burn Congress 2014 has officially opened!

Thursday morning, the attendees of Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress 2014 gathered together for the conference opening ceremonies. The ceremony created a memorable welcome to burn survivors, their loved ones, first-responders, and medical professionals - welcoming all to the burn community and encouraging participation in support, education, and healing.  The ceremony held at the Hilton Anaheim, opened with an exciting display by Anaheim Fire & Rescue Honor Guard and San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums Corps.  The national anthem was performed by David Verdecia.

Phoenix Society Executive Director Amy Acton officially opened the conference and warmly welcomed attendees to Anaheim and recognized those who helped make Phoenix World Burn Congress 2014 possible.

Dr. Victor Joe, UC Irvine Regional Burn Center The conference attendees were also welcomed by Anaheim Mayor, Tom Tait; Chief Randy Bruegman, Anaheim Fire and Rescue; lead sponsors Karen Grimley and Dr. Victor Joe, of University of California Irvine Medical Center; Sandra Yovino, director, Burn Services, Community Regional Medical Centers' Leon S. Peters Burn Center; and Pat Horan, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors Board President.

Pat Horan talked about making his first call to Phoenix Society so many years ago, and speaking with Alan Breslau, (Phoenix Society founder), who convinced him to attend his first World Burn Congress.  He talked about how life-changing that first Congress was for him.  "I hope every attendee has the opportunity to experience what I did at my first Phoenix World Burn Congress," Pat stated.  " I know that you will find a community of support and healing here.  The Phoenix Society is a tremendous organization that offers the resources, education and support to help survivors and families truly get back to living."

Pat Horan, Phoenix Society President addresses the crowd at Phoenix WBCAmy Acton, executive director of Phoenix Society, and Chief Randy Bruegman, Anaheim Fire and Rescue

This ceremony launches four days of life-changing empowerment and healing for over 1,000 conference attendees who will participate in workshops, open mic sessions, and support groups.

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