USC 5k Run, Run a 5k in Van Nuys, USC

VAN NUYS, CA — It can produce excruciating, unrelenting and debilitating pain, for which at this time there is no cure, no standardized treatment, not even a standardized method for diagnosis.  Welcome to the world of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (aka Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome). RSD/CRPS is a degenerative disease of the sympathetic nervous system, a neurological chronic pain disorder – one of the least-known, often misdiagnosed, and most misunderstood of all diseases.  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.

Quench the Fire Run
Enter the 7th Annual USC Quench the Fire 5K/10K Run~Walk~Roll. — On Sunday, December 8, at Woodley Avenue Park in Van Nuys, USC will host this important event. The Run-Walk-Roll will begin at 8:00 AM, and that’s just the beginning. Meet celebrity guests Richard Dean Anderson of “MacGyver” and “SG-1” fame, and Dr. Natalie (“Nat”) Strand, winner of CBS’ “The Amazing Race.” Enjoy our mini-expo, a huge Chinese-style raffle with fantastic prizes, be inspired by the International RSD Awareness Quilt and the INvisible Project, try your foot with the L.A. Galaxy Street Team, perhaps have your picture taken with a Laker Girl… and much more, all to the live jazz music of Oui’3. Dave Shelton, an award-winning comedy writer, cartoonist and voice artist, will emcee this year’s event. Whether you’re actively involved with the RSD/CRPS pain community or a runner looking to better your time on a scenic, lakeside course, it will be an enjoyable, eye-opening morning for runners, walkers and rollers of all ages. Come take a walk in the park!

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Run/walk/roll participants are provided with professional chip-timing, water stations, mile markers, and mile-split times; winners and placers in various categories will receive ribbon awards. The first 500 registrants will also receive QTF’s popular long-sleeved T-shirt. Wear it with pride!  All proceeds will benefit the 501(c)(3) non-profit USC Pain Center, Quench the Fire, and our combined efforts to provide support, education and research on behalf of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and other neuropathic chronic pain diseases. To register, obtain information, or to volunteer, visit

Dave Shelton, an award-winning writer, cartoonist and voice artist, will be the emcee for this year’s USC Quench the Fire event.

While being senior writer and head of cartoons at National Lampoon, he put out two best-selling cartoon collections as well as handling writing and cartooning for the flagship magazine. Some of his early work includes art for Tim Allen and Robert Wuhl on their HBO specials and as cartoonist and writer for Tiger Beat’s Superteen Magazine, created the hugely popular comic strip Toon Groupies©. He is the creator of Snuggy Bear and the T-Shirt Kids© which has already achieved world-wide attention and multiple brands of merchandise. Dave has illustrated several popular children’s books including Bellaboo, the Purple Princess written by General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahn and The Lemming Shepherds, which was distributed throughout Taiwan and is being adapted into an animated film. He created the popular “Hackidu” characters for “Everybody Loves Raymond.” In 2012, Dave illustrated the book Full Frontal Tenudity for famed comedienne Judy Tenuta. His successful book Brain Explosion (released by Bear Manor Media Press, June 2013) is a collection of his work from National Lampoon days, and is now available on Amazon. Furthermore, it is being adapted into a sketch comedy TV project.

Dave’s voice work can be heard on the Sci-Fi Channel film, Path of Destruction, directed by Stephen Furst and was a lead voice in his animated series “Alien House” co-starring “Kim Possible’s” Christy Romano.

Dave stars as a regular judge on the hit show American Stars on ICN TV China, viewed by over 100 million people.

Other credits include the theme song for the Special Olympics, of which the Tri-Valley Special Olympics honored Dave by naming several of their teams after Snuggy Bear©.

Fun facts: An avid golfer, Dave is sponsored by Roger Dunn Golf Shops. Dave is a direct descendant of the Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula, and is the former song-writing partner of the late Albert Hague (Fame, How the Grinch Stole Christmas). His cartoon work is part of the Charles M. Schulz (“Snoopy”) museum in Santa Rosa, California, and the Haig Museum of Cartoons in New York. Eye Crusties©, a new line of kids granola, and several film projects are also on tap.


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