"Making a Better World for Women Challenged by Chronic Pain"
— Team For Grace

For Grace’s 2018 Holiday Appeal Letter

Our Board of Governors

Kristina Breen – Senior Director, Visa International, Inc. / Dr. Beth Darnall – Pain Psychologist, Stanford University School of Pain Medicine / Gary Erickson – President, The Erickson Group / Richard Freed – Freed Laufer Productions (Retired) / State Senator Liz Figueroa / John Garrett – Director, For Grace / Jane Goodall, Ph.D., CBE – Founder, The Jane Goodall Institute / Jennifer Hughes – Marketing Strategist / Dr. Susan Nyanzi – Professor, Walden University & Public Health Practitioner / Dr. Steven Richeimer – Director, USC Pain Management Center / Jessica St. John – Senior Policy Analyst, Los Angeles County Office of Women’s Health (Retired) / Cynthia Toussaint – Founder, For Grace


November 12, 2018

“Over the past couple of years I’ve had the privilege to work with the For Grace organization in Sacramento to bring attention and public awareness for the approximately 125 million Americans who live with either chronic or acute pain.” ~ California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Dear Friends of For Grace,

Another stellar year at For Grace as we provided aid, comfort and empowerment to women in pain and the chronic pain community at large. Thanks to your on-going, generous financial support we continue to excel!

This year we made it a priority to be a leading voice for Integrative Health as the best model of treatment for chronic pain. As such, For Grace leaders were series regulars on The Mighty Facebook Live stream (serving 30 million viewers monthly) where we highlighted a different aspect of this emerging pain care trend on each program. Our founder, Cynthia Toussaint, complimented this effort with a monthly post on the National Pain Report, and was a contributor on two white papers authored by former NIH Office Director, Dr. Wayne Jonas, that spotlighted women in pain and Integrative Health

“Thank you so much for your inspiration to help all of those in pain. I look forward to continuing our partnership to help get pain relieving concepts and tools out for all.”
~ Dr. Wayne Jonas, Executive Director, Samueli Integrative Health Programs

 As is our way, we used mass media front and center as a means to forward the plight of women in pain. We interviewed and/or consulted on major pieces that ran on FOX News national and Time magazine. Also, we advised on a special Today Show report by Maria Shriver about how women are dismissed and underserved in healthcare. Cynthia’s 36-year journey through pain and her memoir, Battle for Grace, were featured in an excellent single-issue magazine publication, Managing Pain, that graced US newsstands. To top off a powerful media year, Ms. Toussaint’s story and expert commentary were included in two major book releases, Doing Harm (Harper Collins) and The Grateful Life (Simon & Schuster.)       

We ask you to please make a tax-deductible 2018 financial contribution so we can continue our good work to bring new hope and understanding to millions of women in the United States whose lives are challenged daily by persistent pain. Please make a convenient, online donation by linking HERE.

“Thank you, For Grace, for yet another amazing summit! Inspiring and absolutely awesome to see and hear the quality and passion of those gathered. Tremendous gratitude for all that you do to bring people together to enact change on behalf of so many!!!”
~ Catherine Townsley, Spiritualist and Kundalini Yoga Instructor 

This month we were proud to host our Change Agent Pain Summit where we convened luminaries from different sectors of the healthcare systems to work together to implement the NIH’s National Pain Strategy in California. Three years in the making, we enjoyed a successful event, highlighted by a powerful film we made with testimonials from people in pain and their caregivers and a world-class panel of pain experts including physicians, researchers and professors from Stanford, USC and other leading academic institutions. Also, we presented our annual Patron of Women’s Rights award to California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. This great day stimulated incredible ideas and actionable items, with a big emphasis on forwarding Integrative Health.

“Love and gratitude for you and all you and John and For Grace are doing for women (and men) in pain. You are world changers.”
~ Anne Cohen, Board Member, The Lawrence A. Appley Family Foundation (Co-underwriter of our 2018 Summit)

This year Cynthia was honored to serve on the steering committee for one of the foremost annual meetings addressing persistent pain. The US Patient Day became a two-day event in Cambridge, MA, where advocates met to work on two critical projects to improve pain care: crafting a pain scale that includes functionality and developing visuals to enhance doctor/patient communication. For Grace also launched a multi-faceted Migraine Awareness and Education Campaign to serve the one billion people worldwide who suffer, and we joined other organizations to get the word out about a major lupus study that will hopefully lead to better therapies and quality of life outcomes.

Please continue to support our on-going education and awareness efforts to create a better world for women in pain. Many, many thanks – and the happiest of holiday wishes to you and yours…

John Garrett
Director, For Grace

PS – Moving our Summit momentum into 2019, For Grace will team with the National Pain Report on a robust poll that asks people in pain and healthcare practitioners what should be mandated in a comprehensive state pain strategy. A pilot poll received 1200+ responses in less than 24 hours.

Other next steps include assembling a white paper committee that will lead to a 2019 Sacramento Summit. There we will convene legislators, staffers and state agency heads to generate legislative solutions to implement the National Pain Strategy in California – and be a model for the rest of the country.

Cheers to Better Days Ahead for All Women In Pain!