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Please "Give Forward" so the help we received will be available for others to experience the healing and inspiring World Burn Congress.

Our lives will be forever changed by the experience of the World Burn Congress, an annual international event that brings together more than 800 burn survivors, their families, care givers, burn care professionals and firefighters. We were encouraged to share our stories, and received support and knowledge of burn recovery. For many, it was the first opportunity to meet and share with others who have experienced a burn trauma.

With the help of the Maricopa Health Foundation and generous donations from Nadine and Bobby Durham, Ruth Rimmer, PhD, Brewer Law Firm, and Matthew Cunningham, PC, we were able to attend the World Burn Congress this year. Your donations help burn survivors attend the WBC and share their inspirational stories of survival, courage and personal growth.

Click on the Related Links to read each of our stories:

Alejandra Tarango, Linda Schmidt, Johnny & Monica Munoz,     Charlie Kleck, Chamisa Hembree, Meri Hembree



This is my story...

It was a Wednesday January 18th 2012 to be exact. It all started off as a usual weekday for me. The wife and kids were gone at work and school. I did what I normally do on my days off, clean up the yard and work on my cars and water the trees amd lawn. I gathered the trash as I normally would in the fire pit as the day went on. The trash consisted of tree clippings and old wood I had laying around.

It was around 5:30 in the afternoon when I was done, and by this time my wife and kids were home from school. I began to lite the fire using some gas from a red 5 gallon gas can that I wanted to use up. The boards were stacked like a teepee, the trash I had placed underneath.

As I lit one side of the boards, the fire lit up and quickly died out, so I began to pour more of the gasoline on to the wood. In an instant the fire lit and burst into a huge ball of flames. It shot directly towards me. I closed my eyes and BOOM! The can that I was holding exploded in my hands. I opened my eyes, and to my horror I was on fire. In a panic, I started to run in random directions.

Monica grabbed me and ripped my shirt off, tackled me to the ground and put out the flames with her hands. My kids were home also and began to run in any direction they could to find help. A neighbor hearing the explosion and screams, called 911.

I was transported to the Arizona Burn Center by air ambulance. I spent 11 weeks there, 8 of which I was in an induced coma. I was diagnosed with having 64% of my body burned with 60% of it being 3rd degree. I had 16 surgeries and multiple skin grafts throughout my stay there.

It has been 4 months since I've been home and let me tell you a very long road to recovery. I have not been able to return to work.  I wanted to be able to attend this years World Burn Congress because I thought it would give me the motivation and support from other burn surviviors who have had to deal with this life changing event. Being around such fighters has given me the strength to keep fighting.

Thank You, Johhny and Monica

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