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Support for Burn Injuries

Support for Burn Injuries

In addition to medical care, people who suffer burn injuries may also suffer psychological trauma. This trauma may become increasingly apparent as their physical wounds heal.

People with burn injuries commonly report:

  • Feeling sad, anxious, helpless, or hopeless.
  • Frustration with depending on others for assistance.
  • Feeling emotionally distant from people.
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • Difficulty relaxing or concentrating.

Research shows that psychological trauma can affect those who suffer burn injuries for years after their injury.

Because of this, burn survivors not only need support in recovering from their physical injuries, but also may need psychological and emotional support and help with healing.

There are several non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting burn patients at every step of their recovery. Below, you will find a list of some of the most prominent organizations providing such services.

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation was founded in 1971 by the parents of Alisa Ann Ruch, an eight-year-old who was fatally injured in a backyard barbecue accident. It original was to ensure people knew to Stop, Drop, and Roll if their clothes caught fire.

The Foundation now sponsors a summer camp for child burn survivors, a weekend summit for young-adult burn survivors, and a three-day retreat for adult burn survivors and their loved ones. It also sponsors various trips throughout the year in California.

The Foundation also collaborates with seven hospitals throughout California to provide support for burn-injury survivors and their families. These services include support groups for burn survivors, emergency assistance on a case-by-case basis, and assistance in connecting survivors to local, state, and national resources.

American Burn Association

The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury. They stimulate research into burn treatment and prevention efforts. They also provide education courses, annual conferences, and scientific publications.

They also work closely with MSKTC to provide resources for people living with burn injuries and their supporters.

Angel Flight

Angel Flight is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. They generally serve patients needing transportation to or from the heartland region without cost to the patients.

They are members of the Air Care Alliance, a group that provides similar services throughout the United States. Through the Alliance, Angel Flight, and other services like it, can arrange flights from anywhere in the U.S. to anywhere in the U.S.


Burn Care… Everywhere Foundation

Operating mostly in the Northeast, the mission of the Burn Care… Everywhere Foundation is to develop and implement programs that will improve the lives of burn center patients and their families.

They manage charitable trusts for the benefit of patients of burn centers. They also finance and conduct studies to improve care at burn centers.

Burn Institute

The Burn Institute is dedicated to reducing burn injuries and deaths through prevention education, developing burn-survivor support programs, and funding research for burn treatment.

They provide support programs for burn survivors and their loved ones through UC San Diego’s Regional Burn Center.

Since 1987, the Institute has also sponsored Camp Beyond the Scars, a 3-day day winter, or weeklong summer, camp held in the foothills of San Diego County. The camp gives burn-injured children a chance to establish and enhance their self-esteem. Activities include swimming, sports, overnight camping, arts and crafts, and more.

For many children with burn injuries, the camp is their first opportunity to meet and befriend other children who have suffered burn injuries.

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors

The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is a community of burn survivors, their families, medical professionals and firefighters. More than 48,000 people rely on the Phoenix Society to help them recover from the emotional trauma of their burn injuries.

The Society provides support through weekly Support Chats and their virtual burn community. Through its SOAR program, the Society connects survivors to a community who share their own experiences recovering from burn injuries.

Finally, the Society holds an annual World Burn Congress that unites burn survivors, their families, caregivers, burn care professionals, and firefighters. Those at the Congress offer support, increase their understanding of recovery, and share inspiring stories. First-time attendees of the Congress may receive grants from the Spiegel Burn Foundation.

Shriners Hospitals for Children

Since 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children have been at the forefront of developing specialized treatments for children. They began treating burns during the 1960s.

Shriners Hospitals have four burn centers nationwide committed to treating children with burn injuries. After the patient has healed, the hospitals provide readjustment and re-entry programs so that their patients smoothly transition back into their lives.

Wounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project specializes in supporting members of the military wounded in action.

They have several programs that benefit wounded service members, including recovery programs, long-term support programs, and peer mentoring programs.

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