Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR)

Soar Volunteer Tracy

Every day will get better

At 12 years old, Tracy suffered second and third degree burns on over 70 percent of her body in a devastating car accident.

Today, nearly 30 years later, Tracy spends her free time volunteering to help others. As a SOAR Volunteer, Tracy says, "I always knew I wanted to help at a burn center, and when I found out about the SOAR program, I knew this was my chance. Everybody's journey is different, but attitude can really make a difference. The majority of patients I've visited have been teenage girls and their parents. I typically get a surprised reaction when I introduce myself as a burn survivor, followed by questions which I'm glad to answer. The parents especially are encouraged by how I look, my career, my marriage, my overall ability to live a "normal" life. I hope that I give these burn survivors and their parents a sense of what life can be like down the road."

-SOAR Volunteer Tracy