After 40 Years, Jeff Gallinat Finds Support
When he was only 19, Jeff suffered burns to over 50% of his body in an accident at work. He faced a long, hard recovery without the support of another burn survivor. There was no one in his life who could truly relate to the difficulties, confusion, and concerns of the lengthy healing process.
Almost 40 years later, when Jeff recalls those early years after his burn, his first focus is on the good: great care, encouragement of family and friends, and how his injury led him to the “guardian angel” he now calls his wife.
Jeff doesn’t dwell on what he didn’t have. However, he recognizes that something was missing. Last year when he was introduced to the Phoenix Society, he began to understand exactly what that was. “I needed [the support of a community like this] for my emotional needs,” he reminisced. “I could have healed much more quickly [with a place] like the Phoenix Society to lean on.”
Jeff found no regrets in that realization. Rather, he recognized an opportunity for good, and he took it. “It is my hope to help support [survivors] who are alone right now. I want to [do that by] supporting the great team and mission at the Phoenix Society.”
Jeff quickly developed a passion for spreading awareness and support to more survivors through expanded technology solutions. Professionally, as Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing Operations at Cisco, he champions the company’s partnership with the Phoenix Society.
Personally, he has become a faithful donor and volunteer committed to giving back to his new community. Through his involvement with the Phoenix Society, Jeff has discovered more of the good in life after a burn injury. Now he is doing all he can to share that good—and the hope that comes with it—with survivors everywhere.