A Generous Gift Made in Honor of Alan

Written on December 10, 2020

For more than 40 years, Phoenix Society has grown from a single person, Alan Breslau, to an industry-leading organization supporting thousands of burn survivors around the world. This past month we were heartbroken by the loss of our founder Alan – but will ensure his legacy lives on through our work with burn survivors and their families. Most recently, a $1.5 million dollar gift was made in his honor and to carry his legacy forward. This gift was made by Tony Gonzalez, Howard Tellepsen, and AlloSource.

This generous gift will accelerate major initiatives in 2021 and beyond to expand our programs virtually, build platforms globally, and inform and elevate quality of life – all by increasing access to our community and networks. In the coming months, we will be releasing more information on our new initiatives, but we wanted to share this incredible gift made in Alan's honor with all of you, as you are so incredibly supportive of our mission and work.

We'll leave you with these thoughts from Tony, Howard, and Tom Cycyota (CEO of AlloSource) as they reflect on their gifts and what Alan has meant to so many of us:

I would like to thank Alan for saving my life in so many ways. I wouldn’t have survived or been alive without the doctors and my family - but I wouldn’t be living without the Phoenix Society and I am living with the Phoenix Society. All of this is because of Alan’s vision – because one man saw the need for this. I feel fulfilled because of him.”

- Tony Gonzalez, Burn Survivor

The three of us as board members enabling these leadership gifts in honor of Alan will no doubt inspire others. The three of us as the past co-chairs of the Never Alone Campaign will continue to set an example of support for this wonderful organization.

- Howard Tellepsen, Burn Survivor
Chairman, Tellepsen Corporation

​​​​​“We are proud to support Phoenix Society in their mission to empower anyone affected by a burn injury. By providing life-saving skin allografts to help burn survivors in the acute phase of their healing, we are part of their overall journey. Partnering with Phoenix Society helps us stay involved in the entire healing process for this incredible patient community.”

- Thomas Cycyota, CEO AlloSource

Share Your Memories

Alan was a warm and wonderful individual—one we will miss greatly. During this difficult time, we would love to hear about how Alan has impacted your life. Please share your memories with us so that his spirit lives on.