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Michigan Business Beat | Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors Launches Engage Series

Michigan Business Beat
July 19, 2022 2:00 PM

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors

Jeffrey Mosher speaks with Amy Acton, CEO, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Grand Rapids, MI

Hear Amy and Jeffrey discuss the new series in the SoundCloud Podcast shared below:

Amy and the Phoenix Society released additional information at the beginning of the series. After you have listened to the Podcast, check out this article below for more details.

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors Launches Engage Series to Connect Community of Survivors throughout the Year

The national non-profit launched the series in May with a full-day event including presentations from leaders in the community, an iconic open mic, and much more! 

June 2022 – Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, has built a thriving community for supporting lifelong healing for burn survivors and their loved ones. Since 1977, the organization has developed a variety of national programs that promote healing physically, emotionally, and socially. To stay true to this mission the organization is expanding the event Phoenix: Engage beyond the one-day format to seven events throughout the year. This will be done In lieu of this year’s Phoenix World Burn Congress, to ensure the organization can reach survivors where they are in their journey. 

“By switching up the format of our burn community engagements to be more frequent throughout the year we are able to nurture relationships within our community and continually educate and support survivors where they are at,” said Amy Acton, CEO of Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. “These monthly Engage sessions will create a space for survivors and loved ones to cultivate and learn together while having the safe space to share their experiences.” 

The first full-day event was held on May 14, 2022.  The event kicked off with a mainstage presentation from Amy Acton, CEO of Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Huyen “Kiki” Vo, Survivor, Burn Advocate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and many more. Upcoming sessions will offer survivors the opportunity to share through the open mic portion, educate themselves through new learning sessions, participate in support groups specific to their needs, and expand their network through virtual gatherings. The panelists will explore conversations around recovery, even from the earliest of stages, to their most meaningful accomplishments, as well as their advice for bringing your own vision to life.  

“I look forward to sharing my path to giving back to the burn community, knowing that wherever you are in your own journey to healing and recovery, taking the next step through sessions like these will help you become the leader only you can be,” said Huyen “Kiki” Vo. “After the horrific fire killed my mother and injured me, my family came to the U.S. to seek the medical care necessary for survival. From there we decided to stay and seek education and work all the while dealing with the deeply flawed immigration system. My hope is that by sharing my experiences, with the Phoenix Survivors that others too, will be able to pursue their goals.” 

Each Phoenix Engage event will focus on various topics including workshops on leadership coaching and mentorship, publishing and telling your story to inspire others, deepening the conversation on the long-term effects of a burn injury, and so much more. 

Follow-Up Sessions - All held virtually at 8 pm EST on the following dates:

  June 9, 2022

  July 14, 2022

 August 11, 2022

  September 8, 2022

  October 13, 2022

  November 10, 2022 

Registration ($30) includes access to all events, on-demand recordings throughout the year, an upgraded attendee directory, private one-on-one chats, and virtual attendee meet-ups as well as connections throughout and to the global burn community. If you wish to learn more about Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, please visit phoenix-society.org or on any of our social channels; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. 


About Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors
In the U.S., 40,000 people are hospitalized with burn injuries each year. Burn survivors and their loved ones face a lifelong journey of physical, emotional, and social recovery. Connecting with others who have walked a similar path is essential to optimal recovery and social reintegration. Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is the leading national non-profit dedicated to empowering burn survivors and their families at all points of recovery. Since 1977, Phoenix Society has worked with survivors, families, healthcare professionals, and first responders to support burn recovery, improve the quality of burn care, and prevent burn injuries. For more information, visit www.phoenix-society.org.


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