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50 Stories

AARBF Stories

Shannon and Amanda Collins

Shannon and Amanda Collins

The day after Christmas, December 26, 2006, Shannon and Amanda, along with 11 of their family members, were gathered for the holidays at their grandparents’ …

Tina Martinez

Tina Martinez

Tina “Skittles” Martinez was only 15 months old in 1982 when she was in a house fire started by a faulty electrical outlet. It quickly …

Tiffane Wheeler

Tiffane Wheeler

Tiffane “LaLa” Wheeler, was just 4 years old in 1981 when she was burned in a house fire started by flammable liquids used to clean …

Robert Strawder

Robert Strawder

I am grateful to be alive. "I am grateful to have support. I'm angry that it happened. I'm sad at the things lost. I'm happy ...

Megan McKeon

Megan McKeon

"Can you teach me how to skip?" asked 3-year old Megan. "Oh Meg, you have one leg. You can't skip with one leg," replied her ...

Erika Mendoza

Erika Mendoza

Erika Mendoza was only four years old as she sat in her aunt’s car with three of her cousins. Her aunt parked the car in ...

We Want to Hear Your AARBF Story!

For nearly 50 years, the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) has been providing burn prevention education and survivor services to community members all over California. How has AARBF impacted your life? As a burn survivor and/or family member/supporter of a burn survivor, we want to hear your journey of healing and how AARBF’s programs and services have helped you along that road. As a volunteer and/or first responder, we want to know what brought you to AARBF and how spending your time with us has changed your life. As a donor, we’d love to know why you continue to support AARBF and what part of our work and story resonates with you? Everyone’s story is important and worth telling!

Please submit all stories, photos, and/or videos via the form below or via email. Please do not hesitate to call our Executive Director, Jennifer Radics-Johnson at (818) 848-0223 with any questions or if you would prefer to tell your story through an interview.


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    The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation needs your help to support its mission to significantly reduce the number of burn injuries through prevention education and to enhance the quality of life of those affected by burn injuries. Often, as people become aware of how to prevent burns, they also want to support programs that help those who have burn injuries. You can help our efforts to increase support for the valuable programs for burn survivors and to promote burn prevention education by allowing us to share your story.
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