Category: survivor

June 22, 2023

From the Ashes: Jason Nelson’s Journey

*Disclaimer: The content you are about to see contains some graphic images. Summary: Jason Nelson, shares his story of a life-changing accident with fire. On February 9, 2014, Jason was in a rental house he owned, replacing carpet and painting. He took a cigarette break in the garage, but when he lit the cigarette, there was […]

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June 20, 2023

A Message of Thanks

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to express my heartfelt gratitude for the unwavering support and assistance you have provided me since my release from the hospital and even before. Your organization has been an invaluable support system for me and my family, going above and beyond to lend a helping […]

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May 31, 2023

Camp Courage is Here!

Camp Courage starts this weekend and we are absolutely thrilled to welcome our campers back this year! Camp Courage is an extraordinary therapeutic camp designed exclusively for burn survivors aged 6 to 20 in beautiful Prescott, AZ. It is a week filled with unforgettable experiences, exciting adventures, and lifelong friendships. Best of all, our dedicated […]

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May 25, 2023

Coping with Guilt After a Burn Injury

When a loved one is injured in a fire, it can be a traumatic experience for everyone involved. In addition to the physical and emotional pain that the burn survivor is experiencing, their family and friends may also feel a sense of guilt. This guilt can be overwhelming and can make it difficult to cope […]

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May 2, 2023

The Most Magical Camp On Earth

Camp Courage is only one month away and we are counting the days! This year’s Camp Courage theme is “Disney – The Most Magical Camp on Earth” and our team of volunteers are actively prepping all of the details to ensure it is truly a magical week for our young burn survivors. If you are […]

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May 2, 2023

A Helping Hand

Michylle spent over three weeks in the burn center, recovering from her scald burn. When she was finally able to return home, she was concerned about how she would pay her rent and her phone bill, two very important payments! When I told her that ABF would cover those bills for her, she responded with […]

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April 5, 2023

Finding Support in Your Community

Recently Maylina attended Camp Thrive with her fellow young adult burn survivors. They spent the weekend connecting with each other and other speakers talking about navigating the world as a young adult with burns. How do you navigate romantic relationships with visible scars and just working through your self image during this time in your […]

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April 5, 2023

Young Adults Take Utah

“It was the best trip I’ve ever been to,” said Diana, a young adult burn survivor who attended the Utah Ski Trip a few weeks ago. The Arizona Burn Foundation partnered with University of Utah for the first time to host a ski trip for young adult burn survivors! Arizona and Utah each got to […]

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March 29, 2023

How do you deal with someone staring? Do people stare out you out of pure innocence?

Andrea Leon, BS, CCLS Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise Health Reentering back into the community or school setting can be a difficult transition for burn survivors. Some people may ask questions and others may stare. People often stare because they have not met a burn survivor before. They might be curious or even concerned. Below […]

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March 29, 2023

Why am I always exhausted?

Dr. Lourdes Castanon, MD, FACS Banner University Medical Center Fatigue is a common symptom after a burn injury. Specially acutely, the body is working overtime to try to control the injury. As healing begins to occur the body continues to work above our baseline to try to heal the wounds. the body enters a state […]

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