Burn Survivor Resource Community Announces Advisory Board Members

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Burn Survivor Resource Community, the largest online community of burn survivors, has created an Advisory Board to further serve their community.

The Advisory Board will provide burn survivors with information, resources and guidance in their respective areas of expertise.

The announcement, made in a community mailing, emphasized the unique qualifications of each member. "We are proud to introduce each member to you and look forward to continuing to build a strong and helpful online community that burn survivors can turn to any hour of the day or night, to know they are not alone and that their burn injuries do not define them,” says Burn Survivor Resource Communications Coordinator, Nancy Gruen.

The Burn Survivor Community’s members come from all walks of life. They come together to support one another in their healing process, by sharing their stories of tragedy and triumph.

Each Advisory Board member has unique skills and invaluable understanding of the needs of each member of the burn survivor community.

Warren Garner MD, FACS

Dr. Garner has dedicated his life to burn victims. A internationally renowned expert in the science and treatment of wounds and the scars that result from them, Dr. Garner is the director of the LAC+USC Burn Center where he directs a multidisciplinary team which treats patients with burn and other traumatic skin injuries.



John Briere, Ph.D.

Dr. Briere has published extensively in peer reviewed publications on burn related trauma. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where he teaches and consults in the burn center, emergency services, and inpatient psychiatry at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center.



Robert Brenner

Robert A. Brenner is a Catastrophic Injury Attorney who has dedicated his career to securing justice and compensation for victims of catastrophic injury. Always with the goal of ensuring that every victim has a chance to rebuild a new life. As an active member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys Association of LA, the Consumer Attorneys Association of California and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum Mr. Brenner has been voted as one of the country's Super Lawyers multiple times.



Chris James

Chris James is burn survivor. After suffering burn injuries during a high school science experiment, he was left confused and looking for answers while transitioning into adulthood. Chris has successfully moved past that and today is heavily involved in the burn community. He is as an active member on the committee for the World Burn Congress with the Phoenix Society and the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.



Alvaro Llanos & Shawn Simons  

Their story is one of survival, perseverance, inspiration, hope, courage and friendship. They inspire to motivate students and professionals that life will give you many obstacles. Alvaro and Shawn suffered burn injuries while attending Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Now the friends have turned a grave misfortune into a motivational message. Today they both speak nationally at many colleges and high schools across the country, as well as at fire safety training, firefighting seminars and conferences. Their motive is to be advocates for fire safety and prevention.



Tamarah Houghton 

Tamarah is a burn survivor. Tamarah knows the struggle of being a burn survivor. At the age of 8, her house caught fire and left only devastation. Today Tamarah devotes her time to helping other survivors because she knows the devastation that can be left behind after sustaining such a life-altering injury. In addition to her responsibilities with the advisory board the young college student is pursuing a degree in psychology in hopes of being a burn psychologist.



Since it’s inception in 2014, the Burn Survivor Resource Community’s main focus has been on creating a burn survivor community that is dedicated to offering a place where burn survivors can share their stories and find support and advice from other burn survivors and their loved ones. "With the forming of the new advisory board, including burn care professionals who help victims recover from their tragic accident, as well as burn survivors striving to make a difference, the community has reached a turning point,” says Gruen.

"We invite survivors and their families and loved ones to join our community”, added Gruen, “And we hope that it provides you with the information and compassion that every burn survivor deserves.

Remarkably in just over 2 years The Burn Survivor Resource Community has become the largest online community of burn survivors, with over 24,000 Instagram followers alone, who come together to share, care and carry one. Every burn survivor knows the devastation that results from a burn injury. The experience is not only traumatic, but it can cause people to feel isolated, depressed and afraid. Burn injuries can also put tremendous financial strain on survivors and their families. 

It was with these challenges in mind that the Burn Survivor Resource Community was created to provide burn survivors, their families and their friends with a supportive and knowledgeable community.

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