2018 Together Walks to combat public health crisis of chronic pain

News – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 7, 2018

LOGAN, Utah – The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, a global community supporting individuals living with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain diseases, will join for 1K/5K Together Walks in cities across the nation in honor of Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on May 12.

Walks are scheduled in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Missouri, virtually, and in satellite cities.  Planned activities include a 1K/5K walk, educational program, health expo, raffle and musical entertainment. Individuals can also raise funds and awareness in their local community by creating a virtual Together Walk team.

“One in three U.S. adults, 50 percent of all veterans and 80 percent of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer with chronic pain,” said Jan Chambers, NFCPA president and founder. “Life-altering, chronic pain is real, and effective pain relief is needed now. We cannot ignore the public health crisis of chronic pain any longer.”

Reports by the U.S. Institute of Medicine and the Department of Defense show that more than 100 million American men, women and children are impacted by chronic pain and that chronic pain costs the nation $635 billion annually in health care costs and lost productivity.

Fibromyalgia – one of many invisible, chronic pain diseases –  affects 10  million Americans according to Pub Med. The illness involves long-term body-wide pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, memory problems and impaired functionality.

“Untreated pain such as fibromyalgia has a devastating impact on individuals, families, communities and our nation. The opioid crisis reflects the lack of available treatment options,” Chambers said. “Pilot research funding on fibromyalgia symptoms and impact raised by patients and their communities is critical. Join Together Walks where people in pain have a voice.”

Together Walks are open to the public, individuals living with chronic pain, and their friends, family and caregivers. The walks unite communities to advocate for better access to care, to encourage and fund research into integrative treatments and to increase fibromyalgia awareness, education, resources and support.

Through joining or donating to Together Walks, people can:

  • Network and meet new friends in their community;
  • Educate about the debilitating, life-altering, financial and personal impact of FM;
  • End stigmatization of people suffering with chronic pain diseases;
  • Raise pilot research funding for new studies to discover a cure for FM; and
  • Learn about local resources for pain and symptom relief to improve quality of life.

Together Walks will be held the following dates in the following cities:

To donate to, or register for a Together Walk, visit events.fibroandpain.org. For more information, visit togetherwalks.org.

All Together Walk and NFCPA leaders are volunteers. To volunteer or host a Together Walk virtually or in your city, please contact the NFCPA at info@togetherwalks.org.

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About the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFCPA)
25 Federal Avenue, Logan, UT  84321; (1) 801-200-3627; (F) 435-753-3556

NFCPA, a not-for-profit organization, supports individuals living with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain illnesses by raising awareness through community outreach, education, advocacy and networking. Visit: http://www.fmcpaware.org/, www.facebook.com/nfmcpa, www.twitter.com/fibroandpain.

CONTACT

Parker Jenks, Together Walks Director
parker.nfmcpa@gmail.com; (1) 801-200-3627

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Celebration in Portland!

Meeting new friends and making fibromyalgia visible – May 12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

DATE: September 2016
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LOCATION:  TBA
ADDRESS:  TBA
REGISTER:  crowdrise.com/togetherwalkportland
JOIN CONVERSATION:  facebook.com/Together Walk – Portland, OR

(Portland Fibromyalgia Support Group), in collaboration with the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, is delighted to host a Together Walk.  Come and meet others!  Please invite your family, friends, colleagues, elected officials, and healthcare providers to a health and fun event to raise awareness and research funding for fibromyalgia.

Want to help out? We love our volunteers!  Please go to (volunteer.spot) to learn more about the Purple People and sign up.  Thanks!