Blocker Burn Unit

Resources and Support


BLOCKER BURN CHAMPIONS

Blocker Burn Champions was founded by health care professionals and friends of the Blocker Burn Unit who recognized that burn survivors and their families often have tremendous needs for assistance and resources, the goal of the Blocker Burn Champions is to “go above and beyond in their quest to ensure that burn survivors and their loved ones have access to extra help.”


Burn Survivors’ Journeys: Real Stories of Challenges, Strength, and Triumph

Burn Survivors’ Journeys: Real Stories of Challenges, Strength, and Triumph is an anthology containing short stories of 17 previously treated burn survivors’ journeys of recovery. Provided free to burn survivors on the Blocker burn Unit (BBU), it will share real stories of individuals from different social and demographic backgrounds. Who better to share their stories than others who have walked a similar path? Reading and seeing pictures of actual burn survivors will be inspiring, encouraging new burn patients they can triumph and meet the challenges of what lies ahead.

A collaboration with OLLI’s experienced volunteer writhers guiding the storytelling of burn survivors, this book will help recent patients understand the souls of those who have known life challenges following their tragic injuries. Burn survivors must rebuild their lives and their futures.  

The Burn Survivors' Journey Cover
The Burn Survivors' Journey En Espanol Cover

This book was made possible by a grant from University of Texas Medical Branch President’s Cabinet 2014. Burn Survivors’ Journey was published 2017 and it will be distributed to patient admitted into the UTMB Blocker Burn Unit. UTMB burn professionals can use this book to partner with burn patients as their healing process continues long after discharge once they have returned to their communities. As a leader in burn care and research, BBU’s innovative survivors’ anthology will become a healing presence in the nationwide community that they serve.

Copies are available to borrow in the Dean and Marilyn Callender Library for Dynamic Longevity. One person involved in the project said, “Being a part of this project transformed my life.” Check out a copy and see for yourself the transformative power of these stories. Books may also be purchased for $15 each at OLLI, or $20 each if mailed.


PHOENIX SOCIETY

The Phoenix Society is a community of burn survivors, their loved ones, health professionals, and firefighters. Their message is “you are not alone; you can get back to living; we can help, with caring people to share the journey and resources to make it easier”. For more information, resources, blogs, and to connect with other burn survivors visit the Phoenix Society website.


SOAR – SURVIVORS OFFERING ASSISTANCE IN RECOVERY

Phoenix SOAR connects burn survivors and loved ones to a compassionate community of people who share the experience of a burn injury. It is a hospital-based, one-on-one peer support program that connects people with new burn injuries to survivors and family members who have been impacted by a burn injury. Phoenix SOAR was designed by the Phoenix Society in conjunction with a national committee of experts. For more information, visit the Phoenix SOAR website.


Moonlight Fund

Serving the Military and Civilian community since 1998.

Mission: The Moonlight Fund was established to provide financial, emotional and in kind support to burn/blast survivors and their families. The fund also supports those families who have lost a love one to a burn or blast injury. For more information, visit the Moonlight Fund website.


Texas Burn Survivor Society

The mission of Texas Burn Survivor Society (TBSS) is to provide care, comfort, and essential services to the critically burned and their families.

TBSS has created successful programs of patient support which have assisted thousands of burn and thermal injury survivors to achieve a successful return to normal and productive lives. For more information, visit the Texas Burn Survivor Society website.


For more information, contact:

Daralyn Johnson
Adm. Coordinator/Clinic Scheduling
Blocker Burn Unit/Clinic
(409) 747-2071
Fax: (409) 747-3434
drjohnso@utmb.edu 

Laura Perez, LMSW, CCM
Social Worker and SOAR Coordinator
(409) 747-2076
Fax: (409) 747-3434
lwperez@utmb.edu

Locations

American College of Surgeons Verified Trauma Center
The Joint Commission
American Burn Association