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The INvisible Project

Photography and stories to illustrate the day-to-day struggles of real people living with chronic pain. 

The goal is to make visible the experiences and challenges that are oftentimes hidden, ignored or misunderstood.


U.S. Pain Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the 2015 INvisible Project this January!


We would like to acknowledge and thank our upcoming participants - Anthony Ameen, Casey Cashman, Emily Lemiska, Guy LoPresti, JP Summers, Lynne Popadak, Melanie Dickens, Michele Rice, Nick Duggan and Robert Foley - for being a part of this profound campaign.


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August 11, 2015
Summer Wind Down!
August 2015
To My Fellow Pain Warriors and Friends:
The U.S. Pain Foundation has been busy attending and preparing for upcoming events! From Abilities Expos and Kids Camp to preparing for September's Pain Awareness Month, our schedules are full!

We are also looking forward to launching 2015's INvisible Project with the upcoming Gala in Parsippany, New Jersey. These 10 brave individuals have given us a glimpse into their lives, during their best and worst times. We couldn't be more grateful for them and their families for this opportunity to show the world their strength and courage in the face of pain. It has been an honor to work with this year's participants. Below is the link to attend the Gala, it is something you don't want to miss!

As September's Pain Awareness Month nears, we are busy putting the final touches on projects and events we have been working on for months! We can't wait to show you all of our work and bring a greater awareness to everyone about chronic pain and the strength of all of our pain warriors!


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. You are all pain warriors, and U.S. Pain is here to help.


Wishing you all a low-pain and high-spirits day,

Paul Gileno

            Founder & President, U.S. Pain Foundation


A Celebration of Real-Life Heroes


U.S. Pain Foundation is proud to invite you to our annual Gala Saturday, August 15 at the Parsippany Hilton in Parsippany, New Jersey. 
Real Hope, Real Heroes: A celebration of real-life heroes , is an evening that recognizes ten inspiring individuals who participated in this year's INvisible Project display. 


The INvisible Project is a campaign to create chronic pain awareness through the photographs and stories of people with chronic pain. The project focuses on Real People living with chronic pain through Real Photos that provide Real Hope!   


The proceeds from this event are used to fund the INvisible Project and our other programs at U.S. Pain Foundation. We look forward to celebrating with you.


For more information about the Gala, and how to register, simply click on the image below.




 Preparing for September's Pain Awareness Month with U.S.  Pain 
September is recognized as Pain Awareness Month internationally, however individuals still know very little about chronic pain and the over 100 million Americans that suffer from pain. That's where WE come in! It is our job to teach others about the various types of chronic pain we suffer from. This year U.S. Pain is asking all of our pain warriors to get involved in one of the various programs we have.

Get a proclamation from your town or state declaring September Pain Awareness Month: 
IT'S NOT TOO LATE!! Send an email to Director of Motivation and Development, Keith Volker, stating the town or state you would like to submit your request to. This prevents duplicate efforts from our Pain Ambassadors. 
If a state has already been taken by a fellow Pain Ambassador, we are requesting that you submit to your local town leaders for approval! 
Contact Keith at:

30 Day Pain Awareness Month Pledge:

Join U.S. Pain Foundation's Pain Awareness Month campaign and pledge to empower the pain community while supporting the organization's mission! Together, let's show pain warriors, caregivers, healthcare providers and the nation that chronic pain is a disease that needs to be addressed through policies, fair access to treatment and education.

Shop for a Cause:

It's that time of year again!!!! MACY'S SHOP FOR A CAUSE!!! U.S. Pain is selling Macy's Shop for a Cause Coupons for $5 each. They give you 25% off most regular, sale and clearance prices and 10% off furniture, rugs and electrics. AUGUST 29, 2015 is the big day!!! Great day to shop for back to school, get some early holiday gifts or buy yourself a much needed new outfit, kitchen gadget, sheets, towels, etc. Have fun and shop for kids and adults who live in chronic pain. If you are interested in buying a coupon or selling coupons please contact  Sue Pinkham. 
Thank you for your support.
Participate in our 30-day Challenge!

Here is a fun way to be active and beneficial within the pain community during Pain Awareness Month in September. The goal is to complete as many of these challenges as possible in an effort to become the voice for those who cannot speak. The challenge will be unveiled at the beginning of September! Please keep updated our daily challenges through e-mail, Facebook, and our other social media outlets! We look forward to seeing your participation and the awareness we can create together! 

The Center for Courageous Kids Camp

The U.S. Pain Foundation, The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain (TCAPP), Rock Out to Knock Out RSD, and RSDSA is proud to have partnered with The Center for Courageous Kids to bring you our first ever camp for kids with chronic pain. Executive director of U.S. Pain, Casey Cashman, and TCAPP's Sue Pinkham attended the 3-day camp! Of the camp, Cashman said, "To see children who live with chronic pain daily being able to enjoy themselves was life-changing for everyone involved. It not only benefited the children but their families and everyone that contributed." 



September's Schedule

September is a busy time of year, we would like you to be part of our awareness events! We would love to see our pain warriors! Please look for continually updated lists throughout the month! 

Beautify in Blue: Various locations throughout the country to gain interest in Pain Awareness Month (pictures of different locations will be shown weekly)

Proclamations: Various states and cities throughout the country declaring September Pain Awareness Month (a list will be shown at the beginning of September)

September 8-12th
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

AAPM Annual Meeting
September 17-20
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD

Boston Abilities Expo
September 18-20
The Boston Conference & Exhibition Center 

Opiate, Pain Reduction, and Alternatives
Miriam Hospital
Providence, RI
September 19th
2-4 PM 
Contact: Ellen Smith

Please continue to check your e-mail and all social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for more events throughout the month of September! We will updating you weekly with photos and updated events throughout the month, and we don't want you to miss out on an event near you!



Don't forget that U.S. Pain joined forces with AmazonSmile! 

This is simplest, easiest and most automatic way for you to support U.S. Pain Foundation every time you shop! 

Simply visit and choose U.S. Pain Foundation as the organization you wish to support. Then each time you make a purchase through AmazonSmile, Amazon will give to U.S. Pain in a form of a donation. It is that easy and there is NO COST to you!


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U.S. Pain Foundation would like to thank all of its corporate members.


To see a list of our corporate members, please click here



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