Ambassador of the Year


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A tribute to a late pain warrior, the Joselynn Badman Ambassador of the Year Award is presented each year to a U.S. Pain Foundation volunteer. The award is given to an individual who goes above and beyond in making a positive difference for the pain community.

How does the process work? Anyone in the community can nominate a U.S. Pain Foundation volunteer for the award by filling out the form below by Dec. 31. Each nominee is then asked to submit a form about themselves by mid-January. The nomination committee, which makes the final decision, is made up of various U.S. Pain team members. Members of the committee make a selection based on the nominee’s efforts, time commitment, and impact to the pain community.

How are recipients honored? Recipients are honored in an announcement to all U.S. Pain subscribers, describing why they were chosen. U.S. Pain also alerts the honoree’s local media. In addition, they receive a plaque with their name and a phone call from the CEO. When or if possible, honorees may be invited to a U.S. Pain event to be presented the plaque in person.


Nominations are being accepted NOW through December 31.



Past honorees

2019: Ernie Merritt

Learn more about Ernie.

2018: Dawn Stancliff

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2017: Michele Rice

Learn more about Michele.

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 About Joselynn Badman

An active and nurturing pain ambassador for several years, Joselynn Badman was an inspirational volunteer for others living with chronic pain who sought hope and support. Joselynn was able to provide comfort to those who felt their pain condition was not validated. A pain warrior since 2007, Joselynn learned to live life with pain and not in pain, despite the conditions she fought. While a volunteer for U.S. Pain Foundation, Joselynn was able to raise awareness within her state of Indiana, advocated for patient rights and educated others about issues impacting the chronic pain community.

In 2015, Joselynn courageously lost her pain battle, but her legacy lives on. Her willingness to always support the pain community for the greater good of others continues to shine throughout the efforts of the organization and those volunteers who were fortunate to have known Joselynn. She has inspired other ambassadors to become more actively involved with U.S. Pain Foundation initiatives and has touched the lives of each and every U.S. Pain team member.
U.S. Pain Foundation is honored to memorialize Joselynn’s dedication to the pain community through this unique and empowering award.