Southern CA Regional Message – August 2022

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Southern CA Regional Message – August 2022

My name is Margarita Rodriguez and I am the Senior Regional Manager for Southern California. Below is my message to you for the month of August 2022.

Are you ready for the upcoming fun! Yep, you guessed it, it’s Family camp time!

Register for The Getaway Family Camp at the beginning of August so you are able to get on the Angel Flight List for Labor Day weekend fun! (Only appx. 15-20 spots available)

Angel Flight provides transportation to and from camp, but early reservations, payment and The Getaway application must be turned in to be able to participate.

We can’t wait to see you and your family at The Getaway Family Camp 2022!

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

Music Expression

August 25, 2022

Join us for this month’s Expression Session as Bob Aymar shares with us the healing powers of music! This event is open to all burn survivors, family members and supporters.

Please register today at:

Southern CA Kayaking Adventure

August 6, 2022

Time is running out to register for the Southern California Kayaking trip on August 6th in Long Beach. This one-day event is open to burn survivors 18 years and older. No previous kayaking experience is required. Lunch will be provided.  


Register by August 4, 2022 to reserve your spot at:

The Getaway Family Camp

September 3-5, 2022

Watch our social media for information coming soon about the Getaway Family Camp in Coarsegold, CA. Be the first to know when registration becomes available by emailing me at

50th Anniversary Celebration

October 15, 2022

We are having a 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Join us for a fun filled evening at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum featuring a “taste of LA’s favorite food trucks”, including the Kogi Truck, Vivace Pizza, Cousins Maine Lobster and Coolhaus Ice Cream while sipping on wine compliments of Foley Family Wines.

We have extended our early bird ticket pricing to August 12, 2022. Get your tickets today at:

We are also looking for volunteers for this event! If you’d like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Katie Szymczak at

Support Groups

Southern California – August 7, 2022 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. 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 to register.

Caregiver – August 4, 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

Spanish Speaking – August 16, 2022 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This is an online support group specifically designed for Spanish-speaking burn survivors. Contact me at to register.

Statewide – August 18, 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

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 to get started today.

Back to School Support (available upon request) – Contact me at 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.