Phoenix World Burn Congress 2015 Opens in Indy!!
Welcome to Phoenix World Burn Congress 2015!
On Thursday morning, the attendees of Phoenix World Burn Congress 2015 were greeted by the stirring notes of bagpipes, the national anthem, and Pat Horan, Phoenix Society's Board President's warm welcome to the 27th annual Congress.
Pat discussed his personal transformation as a burn survivor, brought on by attending Phoenix WBC and invited all of the attendees to"find healing and growth as we spend time together." He described the exciting expansion of programs and goals to further the reach of Phoenix Society to countless of other survivors and their families that simply don't have access or awareness of available programs, and said, "We are building and expanding a community of healing, and a safe community where no one has to heal alone."
He explained that Phoenix Society is becoming a global organization that will convene burn survivors everywhere to participate in the work, saying, "I am confident that the survivor's journey is better today than it was in the past because of the resources that are available from Phoenix Society to help with their healing journey. I am hopeful that our expansion will connect all survivors to this organization and its' resources so that survivors and families everywhere can get back to living."
The opening ceremony also included presentation of Phoenix Society's highest award, the Alan and Delwyn Breslau award, to David Greenhalgh, M.D., Chief of Burns at Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California and Chief of Burns Division, Department of Surgery for the University of California Davis, School of Medicine and Lynn Solem, M.D., retired burn surgeon residing in AFton, MN, formerly Burn Center Director and Chief of Surgery at Regions Hospital and Health Partners Medical Group.
The 2015 Harman Award was also presented to Motorola Solutions Foundation and the 2015 Joe Hickey Fire Service Award was presented to the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation.
The opening ceremony launches 4 days of life-changing empowerment and healing for over 900 conference attendees who will participate in workshops, open mic sessions, and support groups.