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Central CA Regional Message – July 2022

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Central CA Regional Message – July 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 July 2022.

Happy July! I hope that you all are staying cool in the summer heat. This month will be jam-packed with fun AARBF activities.

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.

Writing Expression

June 23, 2022

Save the Date for this month’s Writing Expression on Thursday, July 28, 2022. Watch our social media for registration announcements.

Outdoor Trip - Registration is Due Today!

July 29-31, 2022

Join us in the great outdoors! We’ll be spending the weekend kayaking, rock climbing and fishing in Alpine Lake at the Calaveras Big Tree National Forest July 29-31, 2022. Space is limited, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible!

Click here to learn more about this trip and to register. Don’t delay – registration is due today, July 1, 2022.

Support Groups

Fresno Community Regional Medical Center – July 12, 2022 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm (new time). 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 – July 7, 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 Daniel Chacon at dchacon@aarbf.org.

Spanish Speaking – July 19, 2022 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This is an online support group specifically designed for Spanish-speaking burn survivors. To register, please contact Margarita Rodriguez at mrodriguez@aarbf.org.

Statewide – July 21, 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 Daniel Chacon at dchacon@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.