Empowering Human Potential

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For Burn Survivors, by Burn Survivors


Taylor Goodman

This month's feature is 24 year-old Taylor Goodman of Keota, Oklahoma. 

In 2018, Taylor suffered major burns to her body in an explosion, in which she almost died. 

After being burned on 42% of her body, Taylor spent over 25 days in the burn unit, requiring two blood transfusions, skin grafts, and three surgeries to allow her to speak again. She suffered third-degree burns on her arms and legs and second-degree burns on her neck and face. The former model was also left with mobility restrictions due to her scarring. She said; “Physical therapy was so painful, as it was stretching all of my scars.” She went on to say her self-esteem was at an all-time low. “Not being able to do the things I used to do and not looking the same but day by day, I see progress, slowly but surely. I’ve accepted that I can’t change what happened or speed up time.”

Taylor continued to say; “I still don’t see myself the same, but I know I can’t change it, so I live with it and yes I will model again to show other burn survivors that life goes on.”

Taylor, who is also training to become a nurse, is now learning to embrace her scarring.

Despite the scars, she says she wants to go back to modeling. She hopes to pose for photo shoots to empower other burn survivors. 

She wants to show people that life goes on, no matter what adversities are thrown your way.

Special thanks to Taylor Goodman,Faima Baker and

Since 2008, The Marco Houpe Foundation has been dedicated to helping burn patients and their families at every step of their recovery. We support the Nationwide Children's Hospital Burn Unit in conjunction with providing counseling, life coaching and direction for reconstructive and plastic surgeries for burn survivors in Central Ohio and their families.

In addition, our nonprofit organization in Columbus provides public speakers to hospitals, schools, youth organizations, and corporate companies. Our ideals are directed toward positive development, inner strength, and an "I Can Do It" attitude, all professionally bundled to "Empower Human Potential".

Mission Statement

Here at The Marco Houpe Foundation, we empower human potential as we strive to provide patient-centered confidential services with compassion, deserving respect, support and advocacy for burn survivors and their families across the United States.

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