Having represented the Power of Pain Foundation as California Ambassador at the Convoy of Hope held at Cal Expo September 15th, 2012 in Sacramento California I’d like to thank the Power of Pain Foundation (POPF), Barby Ingle, Ken Taylor, POPF Board of Directors, Trudy Thomas, Chris Greulich, Convoy of Hope, Susan Gosselin, Jackie Jurek Miss Folsom Cali USA, Kurtis VanFleet POPF Jr. Ambassador and Volunteers of the day Erik, Kharisma and Erykah VanFleet for all their hard work and commitment.
I was and still am thrilled to have been able to promote awareness, distribute information, and answer questions related to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Causalgia and other neuropathic conditions. I also did a balloon release in the name of the Power of Pain Foundation, RSD/CRPS/Causalgia/Neuro Inflammatory Disease, Cure and Hope!
Cure is barely heard on the video as someone was hugging me at the time, but all other words are heard clearly even though I stuttered some. I’m putting together a slide show video of the event and hope to have it ready this month. It will consist of more photos an information of the event not just of the Power of Pain Foundation but of the entire day. All photos were taken by POPF Jr. Ambassador Kurtis VanFleet. A video of the balloon release will also be uploaded soon.
It was such a wonderful day, so many people were given free groceries, clothing, shoes, vision, dental and medical screenings, hair cuts, portraits, breakfast, lunch and so much more. This years turn out of a bit over 5,000 attendees was much lower than the previous years. The economy hurt this event from being even greater. Not enough donations to the Convoy of Hope, people couldn’t afford gas or public transportation to get there. People come from areas outside of Sacramento and weren’t able to this year.
People were camped out the night before the event to get in early, so gates were opened early, but also closed an hour early to accommodate for timing.
Total Guest Attendance- 5,832
Total Family Portraits- 955
Total Guests Prayed with- 4,698
Total Haircuts- 1,000
Total Women Served- (NBCF Tent)- 678
Total Shoes- 800+
Total Participating Organizations- 30
Total Volunteers- 1,763
1,400 Guests Served in the Clothing Tent
95 Dental Exams
50 Vision Exams
300 Received $500 Gift Certificates for follow-Up Vision Care
24 Pregnancy Exams
400 Served in the Job Tent
All these services were Free!
In addition thousands of pounds of food, water, and juice was distributed.
Medical, dental and vision supplies are costly.
Yesterday we received a Thank You Card from the Convoy of Hope. While the card was sent to me it very much belongs to the Power of Pain Foundation as a whole.
It is a shame that our economy is in such bad shape that even a good thing, an all free collaborative event was cut in half by those who were able to attend when we know the 1000’s who couldn’t be there needed the free groceries, medical exams and freebies that were offered and given away.
I pray for all those faces I seen. Those I spoke to and those I didn’t.
Let us all pray… for one another..
and let us TURN PAIN TO POWER… (powerofpain.org)