Participants

2013 Edition

  • Mary Currall
  • Mary Currall

Mary Currall

To the outside world, eighteen-year-old Mary Currall appears to be a normal young adult. No one would suspect she lives with thirteen of the diseases and disorders on the National…

  • Nicole Spink
  • Nicole Spink

Nicole Spink

Nicole Spink has been living with a chronic neurological syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, since she was ten. Over the past eight years, the disease, which began as a sprain to…

  • Gina Libby
  • Gina Libby

Gina Libby

At 42, Gina Libby has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years. Yet it hasn’t stopped her from making an impact; she’s on the frontlines of pain advocacy,…

  • Julie Dye
  • Julie Dye

Julie Dye

Last year, fifty-year-old Julie Dye never imagined she would be a cancer patient, and more important, a cancer survivor. Dedicated to her job as a youth case manager, she traveled…

Sandy Do

Like so many people who live with chronic pain, 27-year-old Sandy Do of San Francisco inhabits a complicated situation that requires careful navigation every day. Sandy lives with a wide…

Radene Marie Cook

For decades, Radene Marie Cook had two complimentary careers: she was a professional actress, dancer and singer in southern California, and she enjoyed a 16-year run as an on-air radio…

  • Jenni Prokopy
  • Jenni Prokopy

Jenni Prokopy

As a little girl, Jenni Prokopy was told her aches were a result of growing pains. With periods of intense pain and times when the pain waned, Jenni dealt with…

  • Dennis Kinch
  • Dennis Kinch
  • Dennis Kinch

Dennis Kinch

Dennis Kinch lives by the motto, “Do what you can, when you can.” These seven words have carried him through hardships and triumphs. In 2005-2006, they even spearheaded his crusade…

  • Julian Phillips
  • Julian Phillips
  • Julian Phillips

Julian Phillips

Julian Phillips has battled chronic pain for over 30 years. In his early 20s, Julian was athletic and active. He enjoyed weekly water polo games with friends in his hometown…

Michaela O’Connor

On June 11, 2006, Michaela O’Connor experienced an extreme, sudden pain along the right side of her face. Being only 19 years old and just about to complete her first…