Personal Websites and various Other Places all run by Burn Survivors
Amy Acton (The Phoenix Society):
Amy Acton, RN, BSN is the Executive Director of The Phoenix Society for
Burn Survivors, a resource for anyone that has been affected by the
devastation of burn injuries. Her passion for burn survivor support and
advocacy is in part due to her own experience as a burn survivor and her
years as a Burn Nurse.
Barb Guerra (Fitness Unarmed):
"I am Barb Guerra. I have been competing in fitness since 2003, and
loving almost every minute of it! I am a little different than most
competitors because I don't have arms. I lost them in an electrical
accident when I was 2½ years old. I've had to overcome, but I still
choose to be the best I can be with what I've got!"
Celia Buckler-Jones & Henry Coffeen III (The Moonlight Fund):
Celia Buckler-Jones received 34% burns in 1964, when she was 21 months
old. Henry Coffeen III was badly burned in 1998, when the fuel tank of a
plane he was flying ruptured. The Moonlight Fund was set up to help burn
survivors, their families, and the families of burn victims.
Christopher Fitts (About Being Normal):
"The site is about my experiences and insights... this site's debut
marks the 30th anniversary of being burned ... over fifty percent of my
body, including my face ... I was ten years old at the time ... During the
last thirty years, I've lived a rather normal life, and that is what this
site is about -- it's About Being Normal."
Darric Prine (Burn Survivors Support Zone):
"On fathers day (06-19-06) I was burned 70% (3rd degree full
thickness) of my body... The Burn Survivor Support Zone is for those who
have suffered injuries due to burns but it's also for their family and
Dave Borowski (The Flicker of Hope Foundation):
Six weeks after Dave Borowski was born, a spark set his bassinet on
fire. He lost his right hand, several fingers on his left hand, and was
seriously disfigured. The FHF provides support for burn survivors and
Dave Roever (The Roever Foundation):
Dave was burned beyond recognition when a phosphorous grenade he was
poised to throw exploded in his hand. The Roever Foundation provides
inspirational speaking tours and training for wounded warriors through the
wounded warrior alliance.
Dawn Colclasure (Palms to Pines):
Dawn Colclasure, writer and mother, suffered third degree burns when she
was trapped under a burning van at the age of 20 months. "Even though
I don't look very pretty because of my burn scars, I am still grateful for
it, because it has helped me to value life more and to appreciate the way
people are on the inside..."
In 1970, George was the sole survivor of 14 passengers in a military
plane crash. He suffered burns over 65% of his body and multiple internal
injuries. Now a sought after speaker, trainer, and author, George Burk has
inspired thousands of people around the world who have heard his upbeat
message of faith and overcoming adversity.
Ian Johnson (Speaker OH&S Awareness Presentations for Risk Management Programs):
Ian, Motivational and Life Experience Speaker, who suffered severe burns
to 80% of his body in an industrial accident in November 1991, is "Ready
to tell his story hoping to help others, and make us keep in mind that our
safety at work and home is paramount."
John O'Leary ( Rising Above):
As a nine-year-old child, John was burned on 100% of his body. He
endured years of therapy and surgeries, and lost all of his fingers to
amputation. Despite the odds, he overcame those challenges to become a
college graduate, business owner, chaplain, husband and father, and
international motivational speaker.
J.R. Martinez is an actor, best-selling author, highly sought-after
motivational speaker, advocate, and US Army veteran who suffered smoke
inhalation and severe burns to 34 percent of his body in Iraq, when the
front left tire of the humvee he was driving hit a roadside bomb and he
was trapped inside the burning vehicle.
James Partridge (Changing Faces):
When he was 18 James was severely burned in a car fire that changed his
face, and his life, forever. After a period of recovery in intensive care,
James spent a gruelling year in hospital having reconstructive surgery for
the 40% burns to his face and body. He is the Founder and Chief Executive
of Changing Faces, a charity for people and families who are living with
conditions, marks or scars that affect their appearance.
Karen Dodge (Butler & Dodge):
Karen Dodge, one of the very few female burn survivors practicing law in
America today, was severely injured in a "coffee-burn" accident
when she was two years old. The Law Offices of Butler & Dodge have
been helping people with severe burn injuries exclusively since the