Category: survivor

April 12, 2021

Camp Courage 2021

Camp Courage may be going virtual in June 2021 but that does not mean that we are skipping out on some of the campers’ favorite activities – not even Ropes! While we aren’t able to climb into the trees and work our way through a ropes course or soar down a zip line, our volunteers […]

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April 12, 2021

From the Perspective of a Mother

The Francis family knows that the road to healing after a burn injury can be full of difficulties. Here, Teaira Francis recounts her experience since her son’s injury in 2019: Ya’a’teeh! I am Teaira Francis. I am of the Red House People Clan. I am from Chinle, AZ. My family and I are Dine/Navajos from […]

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March 26, 2021

What does it mean to be a mother?

Before the accident, we had a very structured life. Damian never played video games. He was enrolled in before and after school programs. Every morning, I would get him ready for school, head to work, everyone would be home by dinner time, then we did homework together and went to sleep. The accident changed everything. […]

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March 4, 2021

Young Adult Retreat

“The whole experience was super memorable! I have been bragging about it all week!”  When was the last time you were asked, how are you doing? It is such a simple question, but many times the power of being asked has the biggest impact. Last weekend our young adult burn survivors came together as a […]

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February 25, 2021

Making a Difference

Westyn, his twin brother, and his 4-year-old sister live in Yuma. On Veteran’s Day, the family was cooking in their new fire pit when Westyn tripped and fell into the fire. Westyn’s mother swiftly grabbed him and extinguished the flames by rolling him. Westyn had sustained severe burns to his head, back, arms and legs. […]

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February 16, 2021

It’s nice to know I’m not alone

Support is an essential piece of healing and often the best support comes from those who have similar experiences. ABF recognizes the importance of peer lead support and offers a group for burn survivors to come together and share their stories. In the fall of 2020, ABF decided to extend this model of peer support […]

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February 11, 2021

Family Camp Update

“It’s been 2 years since Enrique’s accident. I can say so many things about my hero! The number one that I am so proud of is the self-confidence that he has. At first, it was confusing and hard to process, but then it became something that he is PROUD of his healing! He has been […]

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January 20, 2021

Adopt-a-Family

Adopt-a-Family Over this last holiday season ABF paired 23 families with sponsors for our annual Adopt-a-Family program. Here is what a few of the families had to say about their experience: The Ray Family: We would like to thank you for adopting our family and making this Christmas extra special for all of us. The […]

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January 20, 2021

Like a Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

As legend goes, the mythical creature the Phoenix resurrects from the flames and ashes after undue trauma, and so rises even more beautiful than before.  Such is often the case of people that have faced immense trauma and hardship in life, and learned to face it, shift into their healing needs, and rise above their […]

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December 17, 2020

Connor

Connor and Christina were married in March of 2020, right around the time that COVID restrictions were limiting large gatherings, cancelling events, and changing plans. Aspects of their wedding day and future honeymoon plans had to be changed and re-assessed but the love between Connor and Christina never wavered. Their lives were changed a few […]

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