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On The Road With Frank and Max







The Facial Pain Research Foundation Campaign








October-November 2016






By Michael Pasternak




On Thursday October 20th Frank Skoviera and his service dog Max will pull out of his driveway in Tampa, FL, place the car on Interstate 75 and just start driving the continental U.S. He plans to cover 48 states. Frank says that if he can speak to one pain sufferer, or one care-giver, one philanthropist, one Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) Support Group, or hand out one Research Foundation brochure the trip and effort will be a success.” The trip route is not pre-planned, it is a spontaneous journey with no particular planned set of destinations”.




There are millions of us suffering from the debilitating effects of chronic pain, and I hope to do my part so that someday a child, a young mother, or a senior citizen can go to bed at night with that pain being only a distant memory.”




‘DRIVE AWAY THE PAIN’ (DRIVE) is a new concept. It’s adventurous, and exciting and yet offers some apprehension. Frank has had a special ‘ Drive Away the Pain’ teal wrap made for his car and throughout his travels he will be collecting decals for his car from people across the country.   Many will be from local businesses, colleges, universities, radio and TV stations, corporations, health professionals, and others to apply to his car exterior.  (Frank will have blank decals that can be signed if needed for any sponsor) Sponsor decals will require a $100 minimum donation but sponsorships aren’t necessary to request Frank to make a stop in your area.  He will be happy to stop to speak with anyone about TN or The Facial Pain Research Foundation. He plans to make posts to our Research Foundation Facebook page along the way and tell you where he is in the journey to DRIVE AWAY THE PAIN. 



If you would like to support Frank on his journey, you can post your support on our Facebook Page (link is below), or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it even text him at 813-404-1043. He will text you back, just not while driving.




Follow us on Twitter @driveawaypain.



Frank would like all donations for research to be made at , simply click on ‘Contact Us’ in the top menu bar then click ‘Donate’, or mail your check to The Facial Pain Research Foundation, 2653 SW 87th Drive, Suite A, Gainesville FL 32608-9313. Be sure to include ‘DRIVE’ in the memo portion of your check or in the ‘Purpose’ box in the donation section on the web newspaper. Frank will personally match the first $1000.00 donated and hopes that other matching gifts will arise as we exceed our goal of $10,000.00. All donations are tax deductible.




Frank says: God Bless you all… Please contact me as quickly as possible if you have a sponsor with a promotional decal and I will arrange to be there, add the decal to my car, snap a few photos and offer any information on the FPRF necessary. Also, if


after reading about this ‘adventure’ you have any questions about how you can participate, please email, text or call me or call or email Michael Pasternak at 352-377-1437… This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .















Dr. John Neubert at the McKnight Brain Institute  announces an additional researcher to the “In Search of a Cure-Finding the Brain Signatures that Cause Trigeminal Neuralgia.”


“We are pleased to announce that Dr. Matteo Bernabucci has joined our project as a Post-doctoral Associate. Matteo received his PhD in Psychobiology/psychopharmacology from the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Universita degli Studi di Roma – LA SAPIENZA. He recently completed a Post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Min Zhuo, in the Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Bernabucci has extensive experience in genetic engineering, applied biochemistry, molecular techniques, and pain studies and will be a key member of the laboratory working primarily on the preclinical studies. He will be designing novel therapies for pain control as well as completing surgeries, behavioral testing, and data analysis. This work is expected to make a significant impact on our understanding of trigeminal neuralgia and we look forward to Matteo’s contribution on this important project.”

Dr. John Neubert

Project Coordinator and Pain Neurobiology

McKnight Brain Institute

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida




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  • DNA extraction from one person’s      saliva samples           40
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