Press Release - Phoenix WBC 2014

Event to support burn survivors and their families


(Grand Rapids, Michigan) -- A severe burn can be one of the most complex injuries that a family can experience both physically and emotionally.  Twenty to thirty years ago, those like Angel Almazon of Lake Elsinore, California, who was injured in 2008, most likely would not have survived.  With improved medical care provided by burn centers, he did survive.  He also was fortunate to find a growing support community to help him with the emotional recovery.  Almazon was sponsored to attend his first Phoenix World Burn Congress in 2012 and says “the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors was one of the organizations that was there for me to help with the emotional recovery.” 

From October 22-25, 2014, more than 900 burn survivors, their families, burn care professionals and firefighters will attend the Phoenix World Burn Congress held at the Hilton Anaheim to share experiences with other survivors, increase their knowledge about recovery, and learn about support networks.

“We are committed to ensuring that every burn survivor and their loved ones have the necessary support and resources they need to recover and live their lives to the fullest,” said Amy Acton, executive director, Phoenix Society.  “To host the event in Anaheim is even more meaningful given our partnerships within California that make long term recovery programs available. Our lead sponsors UC Irvine and Community Regional have provided peer support programs and services for many years; this is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and expand the access to specific recovery programming to anyone impacted by a burn injury in the Western region and beyond,” she said.

Acton noted that recovery starts with the emergency response from fire personnel and medical services provided at the local hospital.  However, the surrounding community plays a critical role in a survivor’s road to recovery. “This event serves as a focal point for individuals and community organizations that support critical programs for burn survivors,” said Acton. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the success stories in every corner of Phoenix World Burn Congress.”

“It is an honor and privilege to be a lead sponsor of the Phoenix World Burn Congress,” said Dr. Victor Joe, trauma surgeon and medical director of the UC Irvine Health Regional Burn Center. “For more than 35 years,

our goal has been to expand the care and resources available to those affected by a burn injury. Our surgeons, nurses, therapists, and staff are crucial to the healing of physical and emotional scars but we believe the true healing for a burn survivor continues after leaving the hospital. Our partnership with the Phoenix Society has been important in meeting that goal.”

“Phoenix World Burn Congress is an invaluable resource of information and support for burn survivors and their families and we are honored to partner with them on this event,” said Joe, noting that Phoenix WBC attendee Angel Almazon was treated at UC Irvine and participates in its survivorship programs.

During the four-day conference, sessions will cover topics ranging from social challenges such as dealing with anxiety and psychological pain after hospital discharge, a young adult program to help survivors ages 18-25 build confidence, fostering personal growth and enhancing communication skills. A special youth and family program for children from 7 to 17 years old will help family members learn how a burn injury impacts the overall family structure. Burn survivors can also attend a private creative cosmetics and color analysis consultation. In addition, survivors can gain knowledge about advocacy roles they can play to raise awareness about burn prevention programs. A special Walk of Remembrance is also planned during the conference to pay tribute to the lives lost to burn injury.

For more information about attending the Phoenix World Burn Congress or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or supporting the attendee scholarship fund contact the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors at 800-888-2876 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)                                                                                                                   


The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors - People who suffer burn injuries often have a challenging time getting back to living. The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors helps them do exactly that. For more than 35 years, the Phoenix Society has worked with survivors, families, healthcare professionals, the fire industry and donors to support burn recovery, improve the quality of burn care, and prevent burn injuries. We are the only national non-profit organization helping survivors meet their challenges with the community support and the tools they need to thrive again.  The Phoenix Society, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, takes its name from the legendary bird that is consumed by flame but rises again, more vibrant than before. To learn more, visit

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