We would like to thank Allie Pereira and Kate Moran Connelly, for their work in bringing Connecticut Burn Survivors to the Adaptive Sports Program in Crested Butte, Colorado. We are proud to be a sponsor of this Peer Support Program. Congratulations to John Anderson, Ryan Graham, Mimi Long and T.J. Baker, for participating in this program. You have proven to us and yourselves, that your strength and drive within each of you is a lesson for all of us to learn. Congratulations! You are our hero's!
In particular we would like to thank those partners who support our foundation during the year to help us fund our programs. We would like to especially thank our department The Stratford Fire Department, Stratford, CT and the brothers and sisters of the Stratford Professional Firefighters, Local 998, I.A.F.F. for their unwavering support of our mission. We could not do what we do without your help and support....THANK YOU!
Recovery from a burn injury continues long after leaving the burn center. A burn injury is one of the most painful injuries one can receive. It not only can result in a long recovery period such as wound management, countless reconstructive surgeries and physical, occupational therapies. But it effects the emotional and psychological well being of a burn survivor. Some people are uncomfortable with their scars and avoid going out in public. They may become isolated, feel cut off from support systems and reluctant to make friends.
Families are also in need. Whom can they turn to for support? What about their emotional well being?
Our Peer Support Program for Connecticut Burn Survivors addresses these needs.
Working in partnership with the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, Connecticut and their remarkable;e staff we have developed a comprehensive program of support for burn survivors and their families.
(Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery)
Working with the Connecticut Burn Center and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors this S.O.A.R program connects survivors to a compassionate community of people who share the experience of a burn injury. It is a hospital-based, one-on-one peer support program that connects people with new burn injuries to survivors and family members who have been impacted by a burn injury. Phoenix SOAR was designed by the Phoenix Society in conjunction with a national committee of experts.
The sooner a burn survivor and their family can become a part of this S.O.A.R. program and connect with burn survivors and family members who have experienced this and survived this injury the sooner a burn survivor can become acclimated to society again.
Dedicated burn center staff, and burn survivors receive S.O.A.R training which can then be taught to other burn survivors. This can then be used to support and council recently recovered burn survivors.
Peer Support Events
Supporting and financing various events throughout the year helps a recovering burn survivor by:
Helping them meet other burn survivors. This allows them to understand that they are not alone in their journey. That there are others who have suffered the same injury. Friendships develop and most importantly recently burned survivors can learn from the experiences of those who have dealt with their injury and have gone through this journey.
Allows burn survivors by attending these events to challenge them physically and psychologically. Being involved in these events allows burn survivors to recognize that there is nothing they can overcome.