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Lowery Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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.

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From left, Addo, U.S. Pain Vice President Nicole Hemmenway, and County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Age: 30
  • Pain warrior role: U.S. Pain advocate since 2012
  • Pain conditions: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Favorite tip for others with chronic pain: “Eat/drink more fruits and vegetables/herbs! Surround yourself with loved ones who encourage and empower you. Hot springs and aqua therapy help minimize pain and depression.”
  • Fun fact about you: “I love SCIENCE!”

Humble and reserved, Tim Addo is an individual who rather work behind the scenes. Yet for the past few years, he has been an avid supporter of U.S. Pain Foundation, and a huge contributor to the organization’s Pain Awareness Month campaigns. In 2017, he was instrumental in facilitating the approval of lighting the iconic Vegas sign blue in honor of those living with chronic pain. He also continues to advocate for issues he feels strongly for within the medical community, most notably legalizing medical cannabis. We are thankful for the dedication Tim displays daily to help the pain community, and that is why he is being recognized as Pain Warrior of the Month.

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Paul Gileno, president and founder of U.S. Pain, hosted a Facebook Live event in collaboration with The Mighty, a news and information site for those with chronic conditions, on Sept. 29 at 3 pm EST.

In honor of Pain Awareness Month, Gileno discussed the organization’s efforts and the importance of advocacy. He also answered questions from commenters. The video received more than 3,500 views.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Aug. 30, 2017)—Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. It’s the number one reason someone goes to the doctor. It’s also the leading cause of disability. And yet chronic pain often goes ignored and undertreated. In the wake of the opioid crisis especially, people living with chronic pain feel stigmatized and misunderstood.

U.S. Pain Foundation, the leading chronic pain advocacy organization in the country, aims to change that. In September, the nonprofit is spearheading efforts for Pain Awareness Month, a national campaign to increase awareness about chronic pain.

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In honor of Pain Awareness Month, NeuroMetrix—the makers of Quell, a wearable, drug-free pain relief device—will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of limited-edition Quell Pain Awareness Bundles to U.S. Pain. These bundles, available only during September, include a Quell Starter Kit, an additional month supply of Quell Sport Electrodes ($29.95 value), and an extra Quell band ($14.95 value), along with educational materials and a pain warrior bracelet from U.S. Pain.

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