The winners are Chris Gatlin, professional, John Gold, caregiver, and Bert Jenkins
, Hattiesburg, Miss., is the honoree in the patient category.
An 80-year-old World War II veteran, Bert Jenkins lost his leg in a crude amputation at the hands of a German surgeon while a prisoner of war.
has managed his
pain and the use of prosthesis through physical therapy and a determination to live a full and active life.
He is a member of both the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame.
In 1989, Jenkins
was honored by the NCAA as the National High School
Coach of the Year.
coached NBA notable Chris Jackson, who said, "Mr.
was the single most influential person in my life.
life on and off the court shows his
strengths by serving as a model of endurance and recovery in the face of obstinate pain.
The National Pain Foundation and the American Academy of Pain Medicine
honored Mr. Jenkins
as Pain Awareness Ambassador of the Year in 2005.