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Dear pain warriors,

Happy New Year! Instead of our usual newsletter, we thought we’d look back at our top 10 highlights of 2017. In 2018, we hope to do even more to fight for a better quality of life for all people with pain.

Before sharing some of our successes from this year, we wanted to spotlight one volunteer who went above and beyond these last 12 months: Michele Rice. We are pleased to announce that Michele has been selected as our Joselynn Badman Ambassador of the Year for 2017. You can read more about Michele and her inspirational efforts here.

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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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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.

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On Dec. 14, U.S. Pain President and Founder Paul Gileno was announced as a recipient of the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s (AAPM) 2017 Presidential Commendation. Gileno was selected by AAPM President Daniel Carr for his “leadership advocating on behalf of the many individuals who daily live with pain.” Gileno will receive the award March 17 during the group’s annual meeting in Florida.

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