Thanks to U.S. Pain’s dedicated ambassadors and advocates, Pain Awareness Month was a huge success this year. More than 60 bridges, buildings, and landmarks across the country were lit up blue in recognition of pain awareness month as part of the Light Up the Landmarks campaign. An estimated 25 states and 27 cities approved proclamations recognizing September as Pain Awareness Month, submitted by pain warriors across the country. Several ambassadors and advocates came together through fundraisers to raise money and awareness on behalf of people with pain everywhere.
Many volunteers thought outside the box for Pain Awareness Month. Noelle Lopez, an ambassador in California, used 14 Beautify in Blue kits to bring awareness to her town and wrote an op-ed, “Support chronic pain sufferers,” which was published in her local newspaper.
Heather Gilmore, also a California ambassador, was able to support pain warriors with multiple events. Gilmore was presented with the Palm Desert proclamation, during which she invited attendees to join her for a fundraiser at the nearby Haus of Poké restaurant.
Michigan ambassador Suzanne Stewart got creative with fundraisers and Beautify in Blue displays throughout her community. Stewart not only raised money and awareness at restaurants, but she also set up fundraisers online with LulaRoe and Thirty-One, as well as at an Alex & Ani jewelry store.
“These are just some of the many examples of how U.S. Pain volunteers spread awareness,” says Paul Gileno, U.S. Pain president and founder. “The success of this year’s Pain Awareness Month campaign was only possible because of our amazing ambassadors. Pain awareness does not stop now that September is over. We look forward to working with our volunteers to raise awareness throughout the year.”