The Tidewater Burn Survivors support group connects members and is the conduit for members of the Burn Community.  Tidewater Burn Survivors includes Burn Survivors, Fire Fighters, Health Care Professionals and anyone affected by the trauma of burns.  The Tidewater Burn Survivor support group enables burn victims to draw on one another strengths, experiences and provide resources in their journey from victims to becoming Survivors.


Welcome to the Tidewater Burn Survivors

Tidewater Burn Survivors is the first and only burn support group for burn survivors in the Hampton Roads region. We dedicated this burn support group to the brave patients who have suffered a burn injury. Our purpose is to provide a forum to share stories, celebrate clinical progress and provide emotional support, making their recovery a personal success.

The Tidewater Burn Survivors (TBS) is a community comprised of burn survivors, fire-fighters, burn unit staff, and advisers who have come together to offer support and education to any person or people that have been affected by burns. The Tidewater Burn Survivors Support Group was established in October 2012 with the assistance of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital to bring together like minded burn survivors who wish to give of themselves to help other burn survivors and their families.

Our main objectives are to help support the unique needs of the burn survivors in Tidewater and surrounding areas, to provide a positive environment for new burn victims and their families to have hope and understanding.


What We Do


We hold a monthly burn support group meeting. With the help of Sentara's facility and remote attendance technology (WebEx), we have become an international burn support group. We have people joining us from just outside of Norfolk, to North Carolina, and as far as Nova Scotia. Tidewater Burn Survivors is working to become a not-for-profit organization. This would allow Tidewater Burn Survivors to work with many different organizations throughout Tidewater to advise, educate and develop programs. The common goal is to help survivors feel they are not alone in any stage of their recovery; the Tidewater Burn Survivors members have been active in offering support to all survivors and family members of survivors since 2012.

Our Stories:

Get to know your fellow support group members through our stories in these videos:

Steve Joyner shares his story with EVMS                                      Cliff Colby shares his story with WVEC Channel 13 News


How to Join:

The Tidewater Burn Survivors group is free to burn survivors, and is comprised of burn survivors, families, Sentara volunteers, and a chaplain. Please join us in person at our monthly meetings or virtually through our Facebook group.

Join the Tidewater Burn Support Group Meeting

Second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

Sentara Heart Hospital
Meeting Room: 1
600 Gresham Drive
Norfolk, VA 23507

Facebook Group

Click the link below or search for "Tidewater Burn Survivors" on Facebook to find our group. It is a closed group, which means posts are only shared with other group members. Join the conversation with other burn survivors, caregivers and Sentara volunteers.

Join our Facebook group

Burn Reunion

Each March, Sentara hosts a reunion for support group members, burn survivors and healthcare providers. Here is a photo from our reunion on March 3, 2014. Stay tuned for details about the next reunion!