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Chicago, IL – The American Burn Association, in partnership with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and Empathy Museum, announced the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest exhibit, A Mile in My Shoes: Compassion for Burn Survivors and Care Givers, at the 2024 ABA Annual Meeting.

The exhibit opened on Tuesday, April 9, marking a significant exploration of the burn care community through storytelling. A Mile in My Shoes is a captivating, interactive experience offering attendees the opportunity to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally. Housed in a cross between a shoebox and a shoe store, this exhibit holds a diverse collection of audio stories that explore our shared humanity, paired with the storyteller’s shoes.

“We only know a small part of a person’s story – by lifting up the stories of those living with a burn injury we hear and feel the rest of the story,” said Amy Acton, burn survivor and CEO of Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. “Our hope is that these stories feed your soul as you continue the critical work of caring for the burn survivor and their families as they begin their burn journey.”

Following the opening ceremony, guests had the opportunity to explore the exhibit firsthand, slip on a pair of someone’s shoes, and listen to the diverse collection of audio stories that explore our shared humanity, paired with the storyteller’s shoes.

“These inspirational stories will remind you why you joined our amazing burn care community,” said Robert Cartotto, MD, ABA President.

The exhibit will be open to registered attendees throughout the 2024 ABA Annual Meeting at the Hilton Chicago this week.

For media inquiries, please contact:

American Burn Association
Maureen Kiley
Senior Director, Programs
kiley@ameriburn.org

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