Jim Maymon joined the Phoenix Society Board of Directors in October 2017.
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."”
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.
"Nationwide there are firefighter foundations providing resources that burn centers cannot provide. We are able to fill in a lot of those gaps. When you add Phoenix Society to the mix, burn care comes full circle."
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.
Mark and Steve Joyner have shared in each other’s lives since birth. In 2016, the twins shared in each other’s healing too. Six years after Steve’s burn injury, Mark joined him at Phoenix World Burn Congress for the first time.
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.
"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.
Today, Howard is intentional in looking back and leveraging his past to build a better future for burn survivors everywhere.
Last year, the Phoenix UBelong Young Adult program created an internship opportunity intended to provide professional development in the area of therapeutic programming. This opportunity was open to all students and young professionals seeking to broaden their skills in the area of service to burn survivors and family members. Out of dozens of applications, Taylor Sherwood was the applicant chosen for this unique and impactful experience.
How often do we take the time to appreciate ourselves as individuals? To explore how we got where we are and which experiences and people have shaped us? Phoenix UBelong participants had the opportunity to find the answers to all these questions this year.
Providence, RI – A severe burn can be one of the most devastating injuries that a human body can suffer, both physically and emotionally. Medical advancements have improved survival rates over 96% (American Burn Association) in U.S. Burn Centers. But survival is not enough. There is a growing need and a demand to provide emotional support and recovery resources for burn survivors and their families as they endure the reality of lifelong healing from a burn injury. This is the message that more than 900 burn survivors and their families, caregivers, burn care professionals and firefighters will share with the world at the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivor’s 28th annual Phoenix World Burn Congress on October 19 to 22 at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.
A powerful social media video challenge by our generous supporter, Bio Oil, and their ensuing gift motivated another first-time donor, Brian Stevens, to initiate further excitement and generous giving - Brian challenged the crowd at the Phoenix WBC 2015 banquet to participate in an exciting, 1:1 gift match - and make a difference in the lives of burn survivors everywhere. A true example of how "Nothing Heals People Like Other People," read how our attendees rose to the occasion and created an evening to remember!
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