Tuesday, April 06, 2021

AZBC visit with cameras.

The Arizona Burn Center is going to highlight 
our story for the Night of Heros event on April 29th!!
Of course, Christian and I were so honored to be a part of this!
Last month a camera crew came to North Carolina to interview
 us and when we told them we were going to be in AZ for spring break, 
they were thrilled as they filmed us reuniting with the burn center
and medical staff.
We were so surprised to be greeted by some of the first responders,
nurses, therapists, doctors, and even our pharmacists
who was there when we were admitted in August 2008.  
We also walked through the under-construction new burn center.
Wow.  What a beautiful facility!
Deb shared some stories about when we first got it there.
She walked us around to all the rooms where we stayed and
what significant things happened in each room.
It was so precious and I was so thankful!
Deb told us a story about a few years ago when she called me because
she knew I was in AZ and asked if I'd come to the burn unit to talk
with a patient of hers.  (I remember it very well).
This young girl had significant burns to her face and we had a good chat
together, and Deb told me it helped her recovery.
It made me feel sad (again) that I had stopped blogging especially since
the nurses and physical therapists told me they frequently use my blog
to help patients overcome.
Maybe I'll start back up and slowly start to share a few things.
After the burn center, Christian and I drove to LGO, our favorite
restaurant in Scottsdale.  When we lived in AZ we'd frequent LGO
for date nights.  It's always a bittersweet feeling going back there.
 MAN, that pizza is SO GOOD!

We're gearing up for Mt. Kilamanjaro!!
In 2022, K2 Adventure Travel and members of the Valleywise Health Foundation
 will lead a team of burn survivors, medical professionals
 and donors to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. 
We will raise awareness of all that burn survivors can accomplish
 and the life-changing work done at the Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise Health.
 More than fundraising for a new Burn Survivorship Center and a climb, 
this is about showing our survivors AND 
community that anything is possible when we #RiseTogether.

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