Not Just Another Walk in the Park


It is an unimaginable situation.

The 7th Annual USC Quench the Fire 5K/10K Run~Walk~Roll is Dec. 8 at Woodley Park.

The 7th Annual USC Quench the Fire 5K/10K Run~Walk~Roll is Dec. 8 at Woodley Park.

You’re in excruciating, unrelenting, and debilitating pain—diagnosed with a somewhat rare disease for which there is no cure and treatment is hit-and-miss at best.

Welcome to the world of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (aka Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome). RSD/CRPS is a degenerative disease of the sympathetic nervous system and a neurological chronic pain disorder.

Caused by a “malfunction” within the nervous system, the McGill Pain Index ranks RSD as the most complex, agonizing experience a body can go through, and the most misunderstood.

Enter the 7th Annual USC Quench the Fire 5K/10K Run~Walk~Roll.

USC will host the event on Dec. 8 at Woodley Avenue Park in Van Nuys. Come meet Richard Dean Anderson of MacGyver and SG-1 fame, and Dr. Natalie Strand, winner of The Amazing Race.

There will also be a mini-expo and a huge Chinese-style raffle with excellent prizes. Get inspired by the International RSD Awareness Quilt, try your hand – er, foot – with the L.A. Galaxy Street Team or maybe have your picture taken with a Laker Girl—and more, all to the live jazz of Oui’3.

Run~Walk~Roll participants are provided with chip-timing, water stations, mile markers, and mile-split times. And the first 500 registrants receive QTF’s popular long-sleeved T-shirt.

All proceeds benefit the 501(c)(3) non-profit USC Pain Center, Quench the Fire, and their combined efforts to provide support, education, and research for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and other neuropathic chronic pain diseases.

To register, obtain information, or to volunteer, visit

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