In 2001, when I was 16, my father Jerry Tedder and I survived a plane crash in the mountains near Aspen, Colorado. We endured severe burns to 35% of our bodies., where we each spent around 3 months in the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center. I underwent 12 skin graft surgeries, rigorous physical and occupational therapies relearning to walk, talk, feed and dress myself, , bathe, etc. After the hospital, I went back to high school in Rocky Mount, NC where I did a year and a half more physical therapy and adjustment surgeries.
Since graduation from the University of North Carolina in 2007, I have been an active volunteer with the NC Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Healthcare and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. I am a SOAR (Survivor’s offering Assistance in Recovery) certified volunteer with the Phoenix Society. I have given talks to numerous nursing school programs around the state; participated in school re-entries for children with recent burns; spoken and been a panelist at regional burn survivor reunions; participated in panels and facilitated workshops at the Phoenix Society’s annual World Burn Congress; and have regularly visited patients and their families in intensive care and Aftercare at the NC Jaycee Burn Center. I am extremely fortunate to be on the “other side” of such a horrible injury, but ask any survivor and they will tell you that healing can last a lifetime.
Please contact me if you need support or just someone to process with. If I am unavailable, i can point you to someone who can help.
I am currently seeking academic partners interested in collaborating on papers for peer-reviewed and popular social work journals about encountering burns in clinical practice, the stigma of burns, and burn survivor support. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blake Tedder Burn Prevention Endowment
a member of The NC Community Foundation
This endowment fund supports fire education, prevention, and safety programs and donates to families of patients in recovery of burns in North Carolina. Please contact me if you believe you or someone you know could be a recipient of funds.
NCCFwinter2002 (read about it on pg 5)
Some news clips…
- Two MSW students turn life-altering experiences into advocacy for others – UNC School of Social Work Contact Magazine
- Carrboro man returns to plane crash site - WRAL
- Camp for burn victims helps build confidence - WRAL
- Carrboro man recalls treatment at Jaycee Burn Center – WRAL