2016 was a year filled with tremendous success and growth for U.S. Pain Foundation. And we know we owe much of that to you! Thank you for being a part of our mission—to improve the lives of those living with pain by validating chronic medical conditions and educating others—and supporting our various programs, initiatives, advocacy alerts, and calls to action. Each of you are a part of our family. Together, we are pain warriors advocating for patient rights and access to care.

While we gear up for another amazing year, here are a few impressive numbers regarding our past year’s accomplishments:

  • Increased to more than 90,000 members
  • Engaged more than 1,000 Pain Ambassadors and Advocates
  • Expanded social media presence to 153,655 fans on Facebook and 58,809 followers on Twitter
  • Distributed 20,000 INvisible Project magazines
  • Distributed more than 46,789 Pain Warrior bracelets
  • Distributed 2,200 People with Pain Matter T-shirts
  • Helped 40 children and their families attend a week-long pediatric pain camp
  • Supported 2,000 people through Pain Connections
  • Held four Take Control of your Pain events
  • Participated in more than 30 coalitions, alliances, and task forces
  • Submitted more than 50 letters to legislators and policymakers
  • Received Pain Awareness proclamations from 28 legislators
  • Hosted 3rd Pain Ambassador and Advocate Summit at the University of New England, where we trained more than 40 volunteers
  • Held the 2nd Annual Real Hope, Real Heroes Gala in San Francisco, CA

As always, all of these efforts are made possible only through grants and donations. If you wish to support our work, please consider donating here. Every little bit helps.

As part of our continued growth, you may notice that we have redesigned our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy the new format; please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions. We hope it will help keep you better informed about our activities and accomplishments. We’ll also be kicking off a new section of the newsletter in February, “Pain Warrior of the Month,” which will highlight anyone—whether a volunteer, patient, clinician, policymaker, or otherwise—who is going above and beyond to contribute to improving the lives of pain patients.

Here is to a new year of progress, new medical advances, and further societal understanding of chronic pain. Welcome 2017, U.S. Pain is ready for you!

Wishing you low-pain and high-spirits days,

Paul Gileno

Founder and President, U.S. Pain Foundation