Category: survivor

July 9, 2021

Finding the Strength to Persevere

My accident took place on December 31, 2020. I was going to a friend’s house to hang out and planned to be home to celebrate New Year’s Eve later that night with my parents. My Nana passed away from cancer on January 1, 2014, so we like to be together to celebrate her life on […]

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June 17, 2021

Wakanda Strength

Storm was injured in September of 2020 when hot cooking oil spilled onto the kitchen counter and into his lap. Storm was rushed to the emergency room at the Arizona Burn Center with burns that covered 18% of his body. Throughout the next 4 weeks, Storm went through multiple surgeries to clean up and graft […]

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May 18, 2021

Stronger Together

Hello, all! We are part of a big family from Tohlaki, New Mexico – a little town north of Gallup, New Mexico. We are Martin and Leanna Lastyona, proud parents of two awesome young men: Koban Lastyona, 13, our oldest and Martellis “Colt” Lastyona, 3, our youngest. Never in our life would we ever imagine […]

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May 13, 2021

Your Gift Matters

On Halloween 2010, Alessandro was burned at 11 months old. An instant cooker full of beans was cooking on the kitchen island when Alessandro pulled on the cord. The instant cooker slid off dumping the hot beans all over him. He had 3rd-degree burns on 34% of his body. Alessandro was flown to the Arizona […]

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April 29, 2021

I love being part of this community

An update from us on the Angel Faces Workshop WorkShops:  Body Beautiful, Skincare: This was a great way to start off the series of workshops. As a burn survivor, I have been struggling to know more about how to care for my scars. Angels Faces sent a box with lots of goodies including but not limited to sun […]

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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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