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Southern CA Regional Message – June 2022

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Southern CA Regional Message – June 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 June 2022.

Hey, hey, hey, listen up listen up! listen up listen up!

We had an amazing time at the day at the park event in May. Thank you to those who attended!

Is your child ages 5-17 y/o??  Then send your kiddo to Champ Camp!  We are COUNTING on YOU!!!!

Please submit your applications as soon as possible: the soft deadline is Friday, June 3, 2022. If you are already registered this is a quick reminder to get your Lab COVID PCR or rapid test in on Tuesday, June 7, or June 8, 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.

Art Expression

June 23, 2022

Join us as we bring a little of the camp spirit to your home with Art Expression! Kelly “Sunflower” Dern will guide you through the steps of making a truly unique item through tie dye. We’ll supply the dyes and you’ll supply the t-shirt, socks, or whatever you want to turn into a wonderful work of art!

Click here to register.

Champ Camp 2022

June 11-18, 2022

Registration is now open – click here to register!

We are super excited for Champ Camp! If you haven’t yet registered, please do so right away using the link above. Be sure to watch our social media during the week of June 11-18 for pictures and videos from camp!

Click here to visit the Champ Camp page to learn more about this program.

Woody and Louise Reed Bridge to Life Scholarships

Applications close June 24, 2022

The application deadline is fast approaching! If you are pursuing an education after high school – whether it is at a university or technical institution, you are encouraged to apply for the Woody and Louise Reed Bridge to Life Scholarship.

The Woody and Louise Reed Bridge to Life Scholarship program provides support to burn survivors and their family members who have been involved in the life of AARBF and need financial aid to pursue an education after high school.

Visit our website at and apply today. Don’t delay, the application closes on June 24, 2022.

Champy-On Fundraiser

April 15 – June 10, 2022

The Champy-On fundraiser will end on Friday, June 10, 2022. Even if you’re not a part of a team – it’s not too late to help. Simply share the Champy-On link on your social media accounts and with family and friends. With your help – we can send 50 kids to camp!

Please share this link:

Support Groups

Southern California – June 5, 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 – June 2, 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 – June 21, 2022 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm (New Time!). This is an online support group specifically designed for Spanish-speaking burn survivors. Contact me at to register.

Statewide – June 16, 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 June!

Sculpting with Jamba

This video was created as part of our Art Expression Series. Jamba will share his journey while walking you through the beginning steps of working with clay.

Intermediate Yoga

Follow along as Dr. J takes you to the next level of yoga. Remember with our videos, you can work at your own pace.

Gratitude Journals

Learn how journaling can help you focus on positive things and help to reduce stress.