Education Grant Recipient Pursuing Nursing Career  |  December 22, 2014

7 - Christenson, Sara - PhotoIn 2013, AlloSource began a 10-year partnership with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, pledging an annual financial contribution to fund their scholarship program. For more than 35 years, the Phoenix Society has worked with survivors, families, healthcare professionals and the fire industry to support recovery from burns, improve the quality of burn care and prevent burn injuries. Here is the story of a 2014 Education Grant Recipient.

After suffering a burn injury at a young age, Sara recognizes the challenge of growing up as a burn survivor. Instead of letting the experience weigh her down, she uses it to help others.

She volunteers at Shriners Hospital for Children, supporting young burn survivors through their recovery process. Sara travels to other Shriners hospitals to share her story and serves as a camp counselor at several different burn camps.

Survivors who were injured at a young age have the additional burden of growing up as a burn survivor,” she said. “Given the love, support and guidance of my family and friends I believe I have resumed life and am now focused on creating positive experiences for my community.”

Even with a rigorous academic course load, Sara still finds time to work in the pulmonary unit and hopes to serve as a patient care assistant with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Once she receives her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Sara would like to pursue a Master’s of Science in Nursing.

Her life experience taught Sara that her burn injury is just a small part of who she is – a sentiment she will share with her patients.

I believe being a burn survivor shows my patients in rehabilitation that anything is possible. I am thrilled with my role as a nurse because I feel I can make the most impact on a patient’s outcome through direct care. I am extremely blessed to be doing what I love.”

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