On December 7, the University of Southern California School of Medicine hosted the 2nd Annual Quench the Fire 5K Run & Walk at the El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach, CA. The proceeds from the event benefited the USC Pain Center at the Keck School of Medicine at USC in its goal to raise awareness of neuropathic and other chronic pain conditions such as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. The funds raised will be directed for clinical research and trials, patient education, and community outreach events. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD), also called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic neurological disease affecting an estimated 1.5 to more than 6 million Americans. To learn more about chronic pain conditions or to make a donation, visit the USC Pain Center website.
Richard's doctor has been associated with the USC Pain Center, and last year, in support of the work they are doing there, Richard made an appearance at the 1st Annual Walk/Run as a guest emcee. This year he made a return appearance, and once again he helped to signal the start of the race and to announce the special winners as the race concluded. Richard also mingled with the fans who attended, and he posed for pictures and signed autographs.
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