Category: survivor

November 15, 2021

Adult Burn Retreat 2021

In October, ABF held our annual Adult Burn Retreat for burn survivors and their caregivers. This year’s retreat was held virtually and connected burn survivors across Arizona not only to each other but to valuable resources and information that may be helpful as they navigate the post-injury journey. Sessions were held focusing on alternative options […]

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November 15, 2021

On October 3rd My Life Changed Forever

On Sunday October 3 at approximately 12:30 pm, my life changed forever. I was out testing a new project my father and I had been working on for nearly 2 years and we were both really excited to finally start the engine that we had been working on for so long. We did not anticipate […]

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October 14, 2021

Support Groups in October

Did you know the Arizona Burn Foundation hosts several different support groups? We understand the importance of providing not only burn survivors but their loved ones and caregivers safe spaces to share their journeys, both the highs and lows, with peers while also empowering them to support each other along the way. These support groups […]

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October 12, 2021

Angel Faces Retreat

This summer, ABF was offered the opportunity to include some of our burn survivors in a weekend retreat through Angel Faces. Angel Faces is a non-profit, created with the goal of transforming the lives of females with permanent scarring due to burn injuries or other traumatic events. The retreat was offered to our young women […]

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August 17, 2021

Yuna’s Return to School

Recently, ABF partnered with members of the Arizona Burn Center’s Child Life and Therapy teams to provide a School Reentry for our young burn survivor, Yuna! Going to school can be scary for many children and the fear can become more real if they have visible burn scars. The school reentry presentation serves as a […]

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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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