NFMCPA President and Founder, Jan Chambers
Recipient of the 2012 Invisible Disabilities Association’s Impact Award
On October 14 at the Denver Marriott South in Lone Tree, Colorado, Jan Chambers (Founder and President of the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association) was presented with the Invisible Disabilities Association’s (IDA) Impact Award at the annual Honor Awards Banquet and Auction. Jan and eleven other recipients were chosen for their inspirational stories of making a difference in the lives of those living with illness, pain and disability. Every year since 2008, the IDA has recognized individuals and organizations making a difference for people living with invisible disabilities.
Jan was chosen based on her desire and passion to impact positively those living with fibromyalgia and pain as the President of the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association. On federal, state, and local levels, the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) represents the concerns and voice of over 10 million Americans who suffer with fibromyalgia. In alliance with other organizations and stakeholders, the NFMCPA advocates and strategizes for chronic pain illnesses (1) research; (2) access to appropriate and affordable care; and (3) health policies and literacy to empower others to take action. Our mission is to offer vision, resources, value, and service to people associated with fibromyalgia and chronic pain disorders, their communities, our employees and volunteers by being a leading charitable, non-profit organization.
This year inspiring stories, touching presentations and lighthearted fun brought awareness to invisible disabilities. As in years past doctors, nurses, friends and family walked away saying, “Wow! I didn’t get it until tonight!”
Roselyn Saunders was this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies, and she has lived in Denver for over 40 years. She is very committed to helping the community in any way she can, and is always thinking of the less fortunate who need a helping hand.
The Keynote Speakers were “Antarctic” Mike and Angela Pierce. Mike is an avid adventure athlete, world record holder and husband to Angela who is a wife mother, blogger and someone who lives daily with disability and has so most of her life. Together their story was both touching and inspirational.
2012 IDA Honor Awards
§ Advocacy - Suzanne Mintz - CEO and Founder, National Family Caregivers Association
§ Caregiver - John O'Brien - Co-Founder and CEO, Central Coast Senior Services
§ Corporate - Debbie Marriott Harrison - SVP, Marriott International
§ Founders - Dick Layton - Managing Partner, Kenton Talent Management
§ Healthcare - Kermit Crawford - President of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness Services and Solutions, Walgreens
§ Impact - Jan Chambers - President, National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association
§ Inspiration - Bob Woodruff - Co-Founder, Bob Woodruff Foundation
§ Invisible Hero - Anna Bigham - Founder and Executive Director, Hidden Wounds
§ Medical - Marshall Thomas, MD - Executive Director - University of Colorado Depression Center
§ Perseverance - Angela Pierce
§ Research - Esteem - Envoy Medical Corporation
§ Volunteer - Frances Owens