Advocacy Award

J.R. Martinez shakes the hand of a patient in a wheelchair at UC Irvine.


About the Award

The award is intended to acknowledge an individual whose advocacy efforts have brought greater awareness to the burn community by actively providing education and promoting positive change. U.S. Army Veteran, soap opera actor, and Dancing With the Stars winner J.R. Martinez was presented the first Advocacy Award at Phoenix World Burn Congress 2012. (Pictured above: J.R. Martinez visits UC Irvine Burn Center.)

“As we watched the public accept him for who he is – the caring, compassionate, and competitive guy who could dance, we all understood this was a significant moment for the burn community," said Amy Acton, Executive Director. “J.R. has helped to dispel the myths about disfigurement and the preconceived notions of those who live in our communities."

Selection Process

The 2019 Advocacy Award will be presented during Burn Awarness Week (February 3-9, 2019). To nominate someone for the Advocacy Award, fill out the form below. The deadline to nominate an individual is December 15, 2018. The selection committee will select the award recepient from the pool of nominations.

Nomination Form