Jim Pauley, president and CEO of NFPA, is one of the donors who came together at Phoenix WBC 2017 to create a match pool of $165,000. For the duration of the Never Alone Campaign, every gift under $10,000 will be matched dollar for dollar.
I’ve been a burn survivor for the majority of my life. Over the years, I’ve been in many scenarios where the person I was talking to found themselves at a loss for words…or just chose the wrong words.
When people identify how you look – something out of your control — as generically bad, it is hard not to think...am I bad? Is this who I am? Is this how everyone perceives me?
In September, Phoenix Society launched the “Burns Are Beautiful” campaign. Featured here, survivors share their stories of resilience, acceptance, and beauty with the tag #burnsarebeautiful.
The Newtons’ story is an important reminder that whatever challenges we face, renewal is greater than regret. Every member of the Newton family struggled in a different way, but they each embarked on a journey of recovery and renewal. In 2009, Braegan and Kade were injured in a fire. After 3 months in the hospital, the Newton family returned home and tried to pick up where they left off. But they lived hours away from their doctor, and the family struggled without support.
Imagine this: a young solo traveler from Canada with little to no instruction of what to expect. Man oh man, it was quite the adventure. As I reflect on my time discovering each intricate layer of Phoenix World Burn Congress, I am grateful for the people who so willingly became my friends and surrounded me with love.
Kechi Okwuchi, America's Got Talent finalist, shares her #burnsarebeautiful story. "That memory signifies one of the most meaningful moments of my life as a burn survivor because I realized something important: "The real Kechi shines through her scarred exterior every day, and she is strong and beautiful."”
Burn survivor and blogger Indira Husic adds her voice to the "Burns Are Beautiful" campaign. She built a positive relationship with herself through adventure, forgiveness, and self-care.
"I am a masterpiece, I’m proud of who I am, and my burns are beautiful.” Five burn survivors share their stories of beauty, confidence, and strength.
"I knew the training and the connections would push me to continue to heal and grow. I had no idea how moving the experience would be." Alicia Assad, mother of a burn survivor, describes her experience at Phoenix SOAR Peer Support Volunteer Training.
Michelle Valladares shares how she committed to a healthy lifestyle after her burn injury, a commitment that has given her a lot in return.
Today, Howard is intentional in looking back and leveraging his past to build a better future for burn survivors everywhere.
After his burn injury, Evan Duran faced his fears and achieved his goal of becoming a professional photographer.
James Bosch explores his parallel journeys of coming out and accepting his differences as a gay man and a burn survivor.
Despite Alexi’s high hopes for college, her years there were the hardest of her life. In this post, Alexi shares her story and the lessons she’s learned.
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