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Review of the 15th Annual Working Toward a Day Without Pain Gala, Barbara Woodworth

October 21, 2017 – another Column of Hope (COH) success! This year’s 15th annual gala - “Working Toward a Day Without Pain” - held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo - not only drew over 200 attendees, it generated substantial funds for research and awareness of the less well-known, but severe, medical conditions - Chiari malformation (CM) and syringomyelia (SM).

While folks enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres, gala participants took part in an eclectic basket raffle and extensive silent auction before sitting down to an elegantly presented... Read More



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A normal brain and spinal cord.
Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia.

What is Chiari Malformation?

Chiari I malformation is when the back of the skull is abnormally small. When this happens there is not enough room for the brain to fit in the skull properly and part of the brain is forced out of the skull into the spinal cord. Learn more

What is Syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia is a neurological disorder in which a cyst or cavity forms in the spinal cord. The cyst is called a syrinx and can expand and elongate over time, destroying the spinal cord. Learn more

What is Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain occurs when there is a malfunction in the part of the nervous system that tells the brain that tissue is injured. While there may be no injury to the tissue where the pain exists, the nervous system tells the brain that there is damage, causing pain. Learn more

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