Support for Burn Patients and Families

Burn injuries can be devastating.

You may experience physical, emotional, social and financial challenges associated with your injury or the injury of a loved one. The following programs at UC San Diego Health exist to encourage, inform and bring together burn survivors.

At the bottom of the page are links to other burn-related organizations and resources.

For more information about any of these programs, call John Noordenbos at 619-543-2352 or Kate Hamelin at 619-471-9458.


School Re-entry Program

The School Re-entry Program helps children returning to school after sustaining a burn injury by preparing classmates and teachers for the child’s return. 

The program is designed to help classmates and teachers:

  • Understand more about burns and burn prevention
  • Encourage accepting behavior toward the burn survivor
  • Provide an opportunity for classmates to express their feelings about the child's injury


Youth Programs

Partnering with the Burn Institute, UC San Diego Regional Burn Center participates in numerous activities for kids in the rehabilitation phase of their burn recovery, and afterward. Youth programs provide a therapeutic recreational and safe setting for children to be together, find support and have fun. 

Programs include:

  • Field trips to entertainment parks
  • Beach outings
  • Holiday celebrations
One of the most powerful programs is Camp Beyond the Stars, a summer camp for burn survivors held at Camp Cuyamaca, CA.


Adult Programs

SOAR stands for "survivors offering assistance in recovery" and is a national survivor support program developed by healthcare professionals and burn survivors.

This program facilitates one-on-one support for burn survivors and loved ones affected by burn injury. Peer support volunteers offer an opportunity to speak with someone who has traveled a similar journey.

SOAR is recommended by the American Burn Association. All volunteers are trained by the Phoenix Society.


Burn Support Group

Geared toward adults 18 and over, this support group is a collaborative effort between the Burn Institute and the UC San Diego Regional Burn Center. Survivors, friends and family members are welcome. Each month, those who attend will hear from different speakers on various topics relevant to burn survivors. 

When: 3rd Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. 
Where: Burn Institute

8825 Aero Drive, Suite 200, San Diego, CA

Call: 858-541-2277 


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