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Providing Support to Burn Survivors and Their Families

Everyone Has a Story to Tell

The Marco Houpe Foundation in Columbus, Ohio was created to support burn survivors and enhance their quality of life and that of their families. Found on this page are photos of the founder, other burn survivors along with some of the victims and families we have helped over the years.

Burn survivors come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

"Our scars are another person's hope"


Jose Rene Martinez

Jose Rene Martinez is an American actor, motivational speaker, devoted husband and proud father.

Martinez first began providing support to fellow burn survivors while being treated for his burn injuries at Brooke Army Medical Center.

He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. He first attended the Phoenix Society's World Burn Congress in 2008 and was a featured speaker at the 2010 World Burn Congress.


David Richards

David is a young man full of life. He is a loving son, brother and devoted father.

He enjoys hot rod cars, hanging out at the beach and spending time with his daughter; an all around family man to say the least. David is also a burn survivor. He was burned on 80 percent of his body on October 27th, 2018 in a gasoline accident. I recently had the pleasure of meeting David and his family last month at The University of Florida Shands Burn Center in Gainesville, Florida where he is currently being treated for his injuries.

We wish David the very best along with a speedy recovery as I look forward to meeting with him again later this year.

*** It saddens me to inform you that on Saturday, September 19th at roughly 10:45am, after a long hard battle; David succumbed to his injuries. Our deepest condolences goes out to Paula, Leonard, Isabella Grace, Claudia and the entire family. He is greatly missed.

Rest easy my friend.***


Taylor Goodman

24 year-old 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 burns unit, requiring two blood transfusions, skin grafts, and three surgeries to be able to talk again. She suffered third-degree burns on her arms and legs and second-degree burns on her face and neck. 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 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.


 Christopher Maddon

Christopher was burned in a gasoline accident at the young age of four.

Christopher was standing outside in the driveway, next to a car when his accident occurred. His brothers were in the garage refueling a moped when Danny (Chris’ brother) lit a cigarette.  This ignited the fumes which quickly spread to the gas can. Ricky (Chris’ other brother) grabbed the gas can and quickly threw it out of the garage, not knowing Chris was standing there. The can rolled under a car causing it to go up in flames spraying gasoline and fire onto the ground and onto Christopher causing him to be burned on over 85% of his body.

Christopher is a very bright, positive and loving young man. He is currently 16 years old and looking forward to getting his drivers license, hanging out with friends and dating.

The Marco Houpe Foundation is looking forward to working with Christopher and his mother Lynn to help Chris lead a normal and productive life.

We got your back, Chris! Much love to you my friend.

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