INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 21, 2015) - Hundreds of burn survivors and their families are spending time in downtown Indianapolis for the 27th annual World Burn Congress. The four-day event kicks off with a Walk of Remembrance Wednesday night.
The congress, organized by the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, allows burn victims to share their experiences and learn about treatment. Patients, caregivers, doctors and firefighters participate in the event each year. Attendees can take part in sessions about dealing with anxiety after a severe burn injury, coping as a family and even get cosmetic consultations.
"When you come together with that many survivors that have experienced such trauma – the stories that you hear and the hope that you see, re-frames the injury and re-frames the possibilities," said Amy Acton, executive director of the Phoenix Society of Burn Survivors. "It helped me see the steps that I had taken to get there and maybe still some work that I needed to do about social comfort with my scars and other issues that were kind of under the surface that I didn’t realize were impacting my life."
Nearly 500,000 people are treated for burn injuries each year in the United States. The World Burn Congress aims to raise awareness about the needs of burn victims. Organizers say central Indiana is fortunate to have two burn units in the area - Riley Children's Hospital and Eskenazi Health. Acton said there are only about 120 burn units nationwide.
The Walk of Remembrance starts at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown at 6:00 p.m. Participants will make their way to the statehouse for a burn congress ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
The World Burn Congress runs through October 24.