Central CA Regional Message – December 2022

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Central CA Regional Message – December 2022

My name is McKenzie Dern and I am the Regional Manager for Central California. Below is my message to you for the month of December 2022.

Happy Holidays to all!! I hope that this message finds you well during this holiday season! Lots of fun things happening in the Central Valley during the month of December!

If you are a burn survivor and family member and wish to be added to our monthly email, please email info@aarbf.org and indicate your region.

AARBF’s Dinner & Dance

December 10, 2022

Time is running out to join us for this year’s Dinner & Dance in Clovis! Space for this event is limited. Visit our website at https://www.aarbf.org/dinner-and-dance-2022/ to purchase your tickets today.

**Tickets are advance purchase only.**

Central Holiday Party

December 3, 2022

Thank you to everyone who registered to join us at our annual Holiday Party this Saturday, December 3rd. We can’t wait to see you!

If you have any last minute questions, please contact me at mdern@aarbf.org.

Support Groups

Fresno Community Regional Medical Center – December 13, 2022 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. This is an in-person regional support group open to both survivors and their family members. Currently this group is meeting virtually, but will convert back to an in-person group as soon as it is safe to do so. Contact me at mdern@aarbf.org to register.

Caregiver – December 1, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. This is an online state-wide support group for family members, care givers and loved ones of burn survivors. This group is closed to burn survivors. To register, please contact Scott Wertz at swertz@aarbf.org.

Spanish Speaking – December 20, 2022 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This is an online support group specifically designed for Spanish-speaking burn survivors. To register, please contact Daniel Chacon at dchacon@aarbf.org.

Statewide – December 15, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. This is an online support group open to both burn survivors and their loved ones throughout California. To register, please contact Scott Wertz at swertz@aarbf.org.

Peer Support – Not everyone is comfortable in a group setting, which is why the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation offers one-on-one Peer Support. Peer Support is a power tool for healing from a burn trauma. There is something magical that happens when one survivor sits and shares their experience and healing process with another. Peer support can relieve the feeling of being all alone in your experience. Peer support can come in many forms; a burn survivor talking to another burn survivor, a parent talking to another parent or loved one. This service is not limited to burn survivors. A burn injury can affect the entire family, caregivers and other loved ones. Contact me at mdern@aarbf.org to get started today.

Back to School Support (available upon request) – Contact me at mdern@aarbf.org to learn more about this program.

Featured Videos

AARBF’s Multimedia Resource Library includes tip sheets, videos, stories, and so much more. Video content within the library has been developed by the AARBF Community; including our staff, volunteers, burn survivors and community partners! Below are our featured videos for July!

How to Control Anxiety

AARBF Wellness Team members Jamba and Poppy share ways to help you manage stress and anxiety through breathing.

Yoga Modifications

If you want to try yoga but think your body can’t do the yoga poses, then this video is for you. Our yoga team will show you how to modify the poses to suit your body.