Phoenix Advocates in Action

The Power of the Survivor's voice - Advocating for Change

As a national organization, our efforts are focused on policy development, legislative measures, and increased public awareness to create a lasting impact on decreasing burn injuries and improving aftercare for burn survivors.  Our members and Phoenix-trained Advocates have been instrumental in helping our voices to be heard.

Strong Voices for Public Awareness & Legislative Change

Every individual's voice makes a difference. These stories prove how the motivation of one person led to dramatic, positive change that touched the lives of countless burn survivors.

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Pam Elliot: Advocate for Improving Burn Aftercare & Burn Prevention

An active Phoenix Advocate, Pam Elliot, burn survivor and Phoenix SOAR peer supporter, has been involved by speaking for burn survivors  in her local community, at a state level, and in front of the US Congress and US Senate in Washington, DC.  Read more about Pam from our Burn Support News article...

Rob Feeney: Advocate for Fire Sprinkler Legislation & Burn Prevention

In early June 2011, Rob Feeney's testimony helped persuade the Chattanooga, TN City Council to adopt a fire sprinkler requirement in nightclubs.  Rob has continued to represent Phoenix Society, advocating on behalf of burn survivors everywhere to improve burn injury prevention and fire protection measures.  Watch the video of Rob's powerful City Council testimony made in conjunction with Common Voices...

Cindy Rutter: Advocate for Burn Awareness & Fire Sprinkler Legislation

Cindy Rutter, survivor, Phoenix SOAR Instructor, and Phoenix-trained Advocate, is a very active supporter of Phoenix Society and burn survivors everywhere speaking at a state and national government level, as well as participating on various committees such as Phoenix Society and ABA's joint Aftercare Reintegration Committee (ARC) and the Phoenix SOAR Summit. Read more about Cindy's efforts in our Burn Support Magazine article...

JR Martinez: Burn Awareness Advocate - Changing Public Perception

J.R. Martinez, survivor, Phoenix Society board member, and DTWS champion, joined other advocates during Burn Awareness Week 2012 to lead our first ever media tour, carrying our message to millions of viewers. These efforts helped dispel the myths of disfigurement and showed the world that with the right support and resources you can thrive after a burn injury! Since that time, J.R. has participated in various media events including PSA's and an interview with Dr. Oz, and made mutliple visits to burn centers across the country advocating for needed aftercare for burn survivors.  See J.R.'s PSA for Phoenix Society...

Joe Kinan: Advocate for Improved Aftercare

Joe Kinan was one of the most severely injured of those who survived The Station fire, Rhode Island, receiving quality burn care throughout the last 10 years. He recalls that the Phoenix Society was one of the only organizations that was there for him.   Since then, Joe has become a Phoenix Advocate and recently recorded a Public Service Announcement (PSA's) for Phoenix World Burn Congress and conducted media interviews, advocating for survivors and their need for quality aftercare.  See Joe's PSA...

Sarah Bazey: Burn Awareness Advocate for Survivors World-Wide

Sarah Bazey, Phoenix Society board member, made history when she became the first burn survivor to win the Mrs. International 2012 pageant. After being crowned, she embarked on an international speaking tour of 17 countries, during which she raised awareness of the Phoenix Society and burn survivors everywhere.  Read more about Sarah's reign from our Blog and her efforts to share the message of burn awareness...

Justina Page: Advocate for Fire Sprinkler Initiative- Common Voices PSA's

Justina Page, survivor and Phoenix Advocate shared her story with Common Voices, an advocates' coalition determined to create a Fire Safe America.  Justina participated in a series of PSA's that tell the stories of women who have lost family members in fires, explaining the need for fire sprinklers in homes.  Justina suffered burn injuries in a devastating house fire that claimed the life of her son, Amos, and inflicted burn injuries on her 5 surviving children.  See Justina's PSA...

Liz Dideon Hess: Advocate for Home Fire Sprinkler Legislation

Liz Dideon Hess, Phoenix-trained Advocate shared her story during legislative hearings at the PA State house.  Liz was joined by representatives of fire departments across Pennsylvania to show their support for the PA Uniform Construction Code which includes a requirement for home fire sprinklers in new one and two family homes. The code went into effect January 1, 2011 but was later threatened by a bill (HB 377).  Watch the video with Liz's testimony...