Media Alert & Interview Opportunity - Five-Time Olympian Charmaine Crooks Begins Cross-Canada Public Forums on Common Form of Chronic Neuropathic Pain

    TORONTO, April 10 /CNW/ - Charmaine Crooks, five-time Olympian and
current chair of Olympians Canada, will be available for interviews to
announce the launch of five nationwide public forums to raise awareness about
neuropathic pain, a common form of chronic pain.
    As an Olympic silver medalist who has suffered injuries during her
professional career, Charmaine Crooks understands the impact that pain - acute
and chronic - can have on a person's quality of life. However it is her family
experience that has given her an excellent understanding of the issues faced
by those who suffer neuropathic and other forms of chronic pain.

    -  Neuropathic pain, commonly known as "nerve pain", is a disease caused
       by injury or dysfunction of the nerves, spinal cord or brain. It is
       estimated that more than 2.2 million Canadians suffer from neuropathic
       pain, often in combination with other types of pain such as
       fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and migraine headaches.

    The goal of the public forum series is to raise awareness of neuropathic
pain and to change attitudes and opinions on the causes, diagnosis and
treatment of neuropathic pain. The forums will also highlight research and
treatment advances in order to provide hope to those living with neuropathic
pain. The forums will take place in five major Canadian cities throughout 2007
and will be open to the public.
    The first public forum will take place in Toronto on April 12th, at the
Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building at the University of Toronto. The NeP kNOw More:
Putting Neuropathic Pain on the Podium public forums are made possible through
an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer Canada Inc. The Toronto forum is
presented in partnership with the Canadian Pain Coalition, Canadian Neuropathy
Association and ACTION Ontario.
    Charmaine Crooks will be available for interviews on April 11th and 12th.
    For more information on neuropathic pain and the public forums, please

For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview with Charmaine Crooks,
Dr. Mailis-Gagnon or to speak with a neuropathic pain patient, please contact
Jennifer Nebesky, Thornley Fallis Communications, (416) 515-7517 ext. 240,

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