Participants

2015 Edition

Casey Cashman

Casey Cashman is a lively, optimistic 33-year-old. With a charismatic and bubbly personality, no one would ever suspect that she lives with three chronic pain disorders. Her journey with pain…

Anthony Ameen

Anthony Ameen is a combat veteran. Having served our country from 2002-2010 as a US Navy Hospital Corpsman, Anthony is the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement…

  • Lynne Popadak
  • Lynne Popadak

Lynne Popadak

Lynne Popadak was in her mid-thirties with a successful career in television and movie production. She loved her work and valued her relationships. Her life was full of adventure and…

  • Robert Foley
  • Robert Foley
  • Robert Foley

Robert Foley

Robert Foley has lived with chronic pain for over 40 years. He has diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), progressive vision loss and multi-system injury due…

  • Nick Duggan
  • Nick Duggan

Nick Duggan

At 30 years old, Nick Duggan believed he had it all. He was happy, healthy and married with two beautiful daughters. He ran a thriving business in Queensland, Australia with…

JP Summers

JP Summers has lived with migraines since adolescence. Growing up in Abilene, Texas, she had a strong family support structure and an ideal childhood, playing soccer, learning ballet and attending…

  • Guy LoPresti
  • Guy LoPresti
  • Guy LoPresti

Guy LoPresti

In 1986 Guy LoPresti went to see his doctor. As a 24-year-old college student, Guy didn’t expect anything to be wrong. He had noticed, however, that he had been urinating…

  • Emily Lemiska
  • Emily Lemiska
  • Emily Lemiska

Emily Lemiska

Like any fourteen-year-old preparing for high school, Emily Lemiska felt self-conscious about her appearance. She wasn’t worried about her weight, hair or skin. Emily was self-conscious about her abnormally short…

  • Melanie Dickens
  • Melanie Dickens
  • Melanie Dickens

Melanie Dickens

Melanie Dickens was only 10 years old when forced to grow up. She was attending a birthday party on Jan. 24, 2010 when she accidentally fell on her left ankle….

  • Michele Rice
  • Michele Rice

Michele Rice

Michele Rice had always wanted to be a teacher. She graduated with a BA in liberal studies from California State Hayward and was employed as a pharmacy technician and a…