The Premiere Gathering of the Burn Community Phoenix World Burn Congress is an annual, international conference that brings together over 900 burn survivors, their families, caregivers, burn care professionals, and firefighters.
This year the location is Dallas, Texas, USA, staying at the Dallas Sheraton.
Attendees for 2017:
- Peter Sharp (President, father of burn survivor)
- Melissa Owen-Patterson (Board Member, Burn Survivor)
- Worod Al-Tiay (Burn Survivor)
- Ocean Johnson (Burn Survivor)
- Braydon Warnock-Hannon (Burn Survivor)
Phoenix World Burn Congress
Report by Darlene Fenton, 29 October 2015
So I've just had the time of my life, in USA Indianapolis at the World Burn Congress all thanks to the NZ Burn support charitable trust. Many thanks going out to use for making this happen. It really has been a once in a lifetime opportunity and a big eye opener that I will never forget.
Coming back from there making new friends listening to the different yet similar stories of our injuries, makes me feel even more connected with the Phoenix Society. I truly am greatful I got given this chance to go with the support of my family backing me all the way I don't think I would of pushed myself to go, so I'm glad they booted my backside in writing up an application or else I would of been the one wishing, hoping, praying that one day that would be me.
Thankyou Delwyn Breslau and Alan for having such a vision you guys were so passionate about from the get go, it was honour to be part of this years WBC.
People from all aspects of life burn survivors, nurses, doctors, caregivers up and coming surgeons, friends parents grand parents partners and siblings of survivors, all came as one networking, sharing, caring, loving, support, advice, and my take on it to feel as one without having to hide, new friendships built for a lifetime. I've lived with my scars for 30+ years and accepted this a very long time ago people at this Congress just made me feel even stronger then I already felt after leaving this.
What have I taken away from this "something you can't describe in words or picture form" unless you have already been to a WBC yourself. I will never forget Indiana and the WBC and hope in years to come I she'll return.
Once again thank-you to Burn support charitable trust NZ, Phoenix Society. And to the lovely ladies Mata Laakulu, Tori Blomfield, Lindsey Bartholomew and Lily girl couldn't of had a great team to go over with already missing you's.
Phoenix World Burn Congress
Report by Worod Al-Tiay
It was a trip of a lifetime, jetting out in October to meet the awesome four who I would call my family for the next five days. Ocean, Brendon, Mel, Pete, and I, were lucky enough to have the chance to fly out as the 2017 New Zealand representatives of the Phoenix World Burn Congress in Dallas, Texas.
Upon arrival, we were met outside the train station by members of the Dallas Fire Department, who took our bags and lead us into the hotel where the conference would be held. The rain that night evaporated away and we were greeted with sunshine the next morning that would last for the rest of our trip.
The opening ceremony was the perfect opportunity to meet all the conference veterans (which seems to make up a large percentage), as well as newbies such as myself and the other fellow kiwis (other than Alan and Delwyn of course). We walked through a closed off street in between two fire trucks that had their ladders raised to form an honorary arch for us to walk under. We also walked in between rows of fire fighters standing on either side of the road welcoming us. We then listened to the opening speakers, who were moving and from all walks of life. After this was over, I knew it was time work my way through and meet as many people as possible.
I wanted to hear everyone's stories, and listen to everyone’s experiences. I met burn survivors who had visible scars, and amputate limbs. Their stories of survival were phenomenal. I also met burns survivors with hidden scars, who you would never know had a survivor story to tell unless you asked. These individuals were just as inspiring and their stories were just as extraordinary.
Through the conference, I had the opportunity to meet so many people I won’t forget, and make many friends from all over the globe. I had the opportunity to meet burns survivors, fire fighters and health care staff that each had their own unique story to tell. I was able to listen, share and learn through both the conference workshops as well as running into people in the corridor in between sessions.
I am so unbelievably grateful to have received the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible event and cannot wait to share stories and what I have learned at the 2018 Taupo camp.