In 1984 my then 8 year old son, Brendon, sustained burns to 40% of his body in an explosion.
This personal experience made it obvious to me that some type of support organisation was desperately needed for burn survivors and their families.
Not only were they suffering intense physical pain, but sometimes also the loss of a home or family member and possibly also having to undergo a dramatic change in body or facial image, which can be a major psychological trauma in itself.
It became my passion to alleviate as much suffering as I possibly could for these burn survivors and their families, so subsequently:
Alan and Phoenix Society
Upon marrying Alan Breslau, burn survivor and executive director of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, in 1993, emigrated to the United States becoming its associate director. In this capacity established the first summer camp for burned children in Pennsylvania, Camp Susquehanna, co-ordinating and co-directing it for ten years.
During 20 years of involvement with the burn community, gave over 350 public presentations and numerous television, radio and media interviews throughout the U.S., Australia, China and NZ.
Alan and I retired from our directorships of the Phoenix Society in 1997. The society subsequently established an award in our honour which (in grateful appreciation to the BSGCT and the Phoenix Society) we have been able to present each year on the Banquet night at the annual World Burn Congress.
The Alan and Delwyn Breslau Award is the highest distinction the Phoenix Society can bestow. The award honours: “A Phoenix Society member who has, through a collaborative spirit, significantly enhanced the ability of the Phoenix Society to fulfil its mission of peer support, education, collaboration and advocacy. By virtue of their character, integrity and service provided to those impacted by a burn injury, this person has significantly enhanced the Phoenix Society and the burn community.”
We emigrated to New Zealand in 2003, at which time it was an honour to accept the invitation to become patrons of the Trust.