Above: The intro to the Walk of Remembrance!
Burn survivors, healthcare professionals, fire fighters and others in the burn community were among the hundreds who participated in the Walk of Remembrance at Phoenix Society’s 24th annual World Burn Congress on Wednesday.
The walk honors those who have died from their burn injuries and to offer a time to remember our own losses related to burn injuries.
Firefighters and Volunteers escorted attendees along the walk on a symbolic opening of Phoenix Society World Burn Congress. The Walk of Remembrance also serves to remind the general public that burn care and prevention is critical.
The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and several of the organization’s partners, including the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association), Columbia St. Mary’s and others, joined the Milwaukee Fire Department to discuss the need for safety efforts as it relates to fire and burn prevention. Topics included information on home fire fatalities, legislative efforts through the advocacy for home and commercial fire sprinklers, and the role the Phoenix Society has played in the life of one survivor who is now an advocate in these measures.
These short presentations highlighted the ways the burn community is advocating for change to decrease burn and fire deaths and injuries.
It is important to remember our losses so we can reconnect with life and continue to heal which is the goal of the Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress.
Below are some photos from the event …
The Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress is an annual conference involving burn survivors, health care professionals, firefighters, and anyone affected by a burn injury. The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is the only national nonprofit that provides the tools and resources to help burn survivors get back to living.