I was 14 and thought I was invincible. On May 14, 1988, I found out I wasn’t. In a heartbeat, I went from a tired, but happy teenager who had spent the day at an amusement park with my friend, Emillie’s church youth group, to a terrified child trying to escape from a raging inferno.
Our staff and dedicated committees are hard at work preparing another great Phoenix World Burn Congress experience for all attendees. New to Phoenix World Burn Congress 2018...
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.
Whether you’re flying to Dallas from across the country or from the other side of the world, you might be worried about navigating airport security checkpoints on your journey. Sensitive scars, prosthetics, and pressure garments can make security screening a difficult process for burn survivors. That's why we reached out to Susan Buckland, Senior Policy advisor with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for tips on an accessible journey.
In 2016, the inaugural Phoenix World Burn Congress Live Streaming Event was held at Spectrum Health’s Paul and Lena Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Survivors, families, healthcare workers, and others embraced the unexpected opportunity to participate in Phoenix WBC from hundreds of miles away — including Jeremy Graham.
We are proud to announce we received a $25,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, which will allow us to present a programming track for burn-injured fire service members and their family members at Phoenix World Burn Congress.
Today, Howard is intentional in looking back and leveraging his past to build a better future for burn survivors everywhere.
Last night’s Phoenix World Burn Congress Talent Show participants inspired the audience with a show of amazing talent! We would like to thank all the participants for their efforts and willingness to share their performances with their fellow attendees and the show emcee,Jen Carmack, for providing her talent as well. Our special thanks to our friends at Bio Oil for sponsoring the talent show event!
Imagination! Exploration! Learning! Phoenix UBelong supports family-centered care and has purposefully set up our programming so that it is transitional in nature: UBelong Childcare—> UBelong Youth and Teen—> UBelong Young Adults—> UBelong Parents. Read more about our childcare programming offered at Phoenix World Burn Congress...
Social skills and peer mentorship are two of the Phoenix Society’s main platforms. Sometimes a mentor comes along at just the right moment to support us. Read more about how the Phoenix UBelong Youth and Teen participants were able to practice and learn these social skills!
"Did you know that the way you breathe can change the way your mind and body feel?" Jill Clark enthusiastically said to the UBelong crowd as she led the kids through a series of yoga moves and techniques. Jill is a volunteer with the Phoenix UBelong program and a certified yoga instructor, and she offers the following thoughts to all the participants at the UBelong Yoga sessions:
Successful advocacy requires effective tools and messaging to make a difference. That's why the Phoenix Society is offering our newly updated advocacy training course at Phoenix World Burn Congress. We know that by bringing together the individual stories of burn survivors and raising our voice as a burn community, we can increase understanding of burn issues, improve burn prevention efforts, and reach more burn survivors. This powerful advocacy training is also available through our NEW online training course. Read more about the training and how YOU can get involved! You can be trained as a Phoenix Advocate through our NEW online training course - or experience the training onsite at Phoenix World Burn Congress.
The burn survivor community united in a Walk of Remembrance at Phoenix World Burn Congress 2015 to honor those lost to burn injury and to raise awareness within our communities that burns are a leading cause of accidental death and injury. Read more about our efforts to raise awareness, improve quality of care, and prevent burn injuries...
It was an ordinary day, and what should have been an ordinary family event. The family was barbecuing at home when the propane tank exploded. As a result, Eddie Cardenas, who was 15 years old, suffered burns over 50% of his body and spent the next seven months in the hospital. For months the family’s routine was thrown off-balance. Eddie’s parents, Liz and Eduardo, spent their days at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA, more than an hour away from their home. Finally, Eddie was released from the hospital. The family attended their first Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress in 2013. There, they found a place among a community they didn’t know existed. We invite you to read how the power of peer support and the resources of Phoenix World Burn Congress brought support and healing to an entire family.
Recovery for the burn survivor and their family does not stop when they are discharged from the hospital, it extends beyond that. For some it begins with the first step back into the community, back into their life outside of the hospital. The first step in anything can be moving, fulfilling and exciting. But for a burn survivor and their family it can also be intimidating and stressful. However, with support and the right tools it can be successful for all involved. One way to help overcome the uncertainty is by participating in a community reentry outing. We have been learning about these social skill tools throughout our week in Phoenix UBelong and our oldest groups of adolescents went to Joe's Italian Ice to practice what they have learned and support each other through the process.
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