Last weekend, the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and burn community witnessed two of its most inspiring stories yet!
Two survivors and advocates each defied the odds, garnering national acclaim in their respective passions.
Sarah Bazey, a Phoenix Society advocate and board member, was crowned Mrs. International 2012. Shay Eskew, a Team Phoenix representative and Phoenix Society advocate, will participate in this fall’s Ironman World Championships after receiving a slot following the Kona Inspired video contest!
Amid a field of 56 wonderful contestants in the Mrs. International 2012 competition, Phoenix Society board member and advocate Sarah Bazey emerged victorious!
Representing the state of Minnesota, along with the burn community, Bazey best exemplified the competition’s mission: to showcase today’s married women, their accomplishments and commitment to family.
After suffering 40 percent burns to her body after a helicopter crash in 1994, she has been actively involved with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, including being trained as a Phoenix Society SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) peer supporter.
She will use her platform as Mrs. International 2012 to continue to advocate on behalf of the Phoenix Society and burn survivors everywhere.
A burn survivor since he was eight years old, Shay Eskew is living proof that even with physical challenges, attitude is what really counts.
Eskew was rewarded for his hard work, but also his spirit, with a spot in the 2012 Ironman World Championship through the Kona Inspired competition.
With a viral and aggressive ‘Get out the vote!’ campaign, Eskew relied on thousands of supporters, including the Phoenix Society and burn community, to help push his message and secure one of the highly coveted slots in the race.
Running on behalf of Team Phoenix, he will represent the Phoenix Society and the Shriners Hospitals for Children as the causes he supports.
“It’s about doing something that 99% of the world will never be able to experience. It’s about giving burn survivors, any survivor, hope that tomorrow will be better and that time heals all wounds,” said Eskew.