MVRH teams up with the Facial Pain Association to sponsor and host the First Annual "Facing It" 5K

07-10-2015

Mountain View Regional Hospital and The Facial Pain Association (FPA) are teaming up to raise awareness about Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), a piercing facial pain that can affect the areas near the eyes, nose, lips, ears and teeth. All community members are invited to support ongoing research for TN by participating in the First Annual Facing It 5K event. The race will begin at Mountain View Regional Hospital, located at 6550 East 2nd Street, on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Pre-registration deadline: Saturday, July 11

Late Registration: July 12 – July 18

Face painting: 7 a.m.

Registration and check-in: 8 a.m.

Race start time: 8:30 a.m. for walkers; 9 a.m. for runners.

July marks the 25th anniversary of FPA. To celebrate this milestone, Mountain View Regional Hospital wants to help pick up the pace in raising awareness about this rare, but serious medical condition. All participants are encouraged to get their faces or upper-arms painted with the TN Facial Pain awareness ribbon before the race. Racers will receive a free t-shirt and gift bags that include special offers from local business sponsors. In addition, racers and their families are invited to stay for a free brunch after the race. Please plan to come support this cause to help raise money and awareness for TN.

According to John Koff, CEO with FPA, "Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is considered to be one of the most painful afflictions known to medical practice." Often times, the only relief from TN is neurosurgery. With so many people unaware of this condition, diagnosis is rare, it is often mistaken for oral health issues, and surgery almost never happens. Raising awareness is important to give people who are suffering from TN a glimmer of hope.

Proceeds raised at the First Annual Facing It 5K will benefit the newly formed "Facial Pain Research Foundation" to help find a cure. Race participants can register and pre-pay for the race through active.com or by visiting Mountain View Regional Hospital’s Facebook page. Pre-registration cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children. After July 11, the cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children. Partnering with Mountain View for this event is TJ Specialties, Dr. John Roussalis, Wind City Physical Therapy, The Wyoming Athletic Club, Complete Nutrition, and Commercial Services Realty. For more information contact Lisa Hulshizer at 307-995-8108, Alice Theobald, the Facial Pain Association Support Group Leader for Wyoming, at 307-245-3431, or visit the FPA webpage at fpa-support.org, or to register go to www.active.com

About Mountain View Regional Hospital

Located in Casper, Wyoming, Mountain View Regional Hospital is one of the Rocky Mountain region's premiere specialty surgical hospitals focusing on neurosurgery, spine surgery and orthopedics. Their patient-centered environment is staffed by compassionate and caring professionals who are committed to providing nothing less than clinical excellence.

In addition to top neurosurgical and orthopedic care, Mountain View Regional Hospital offers pain management, general surgery, gastroenterology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, ear, nose and throat surgery, as well as diagnostic medical imaging services. For more information, please visit MVRHospital.com.

About The Facial Pain Association

The Facial Pain Association is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) volunteer organization, and was founded in 1990 by a group of trigeminal neuralgia patients profoundly grateful for recovery from years of disabling pain. The organization now assists thousands of patients around the world. FPA has emerged as the world’s leading resource for information and health care guidance for all people suffering from neuropathic facial pain. Both patients and health care professionals benefit from its programs of education, patient support and research. Guiding the association is a volunteer governing board and a Medical Advisory Board of highly-skilled experts in neurosurgery, neuroscience, general medicine, and dentistry.

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