Michael Roman Announces Assault on Land Speed Records

Amputee and chronic pain patient Michael Roman to heighten awareness of chronic pain sufferers' plight through his pursuit of Land Speed Records

Kirkwood, MO (April 2, 2009) -- Dedicated to raising the awareness of chronic pain sufferers and educating them on the importance of pain specialists, amputee and chronic pain patient Michael Roman has announced today that he will dedicate his 2009 racing program to establishing new land speed records at two United States venues in 2009 while driving a custom-built closed cockpit Lakester race car.

Following numerous surgeries which ultimately caused Roman to lose his right leg from the hip down, Roman exhausted all pain treatment options, including powerful pain medications, drug pumps and single-source spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy. In 2005, he was successfully treated by a pain specialist with a new generation of SCS therapy, Boston Scientific's Precision multi-source spinal cord stimulation system. He has since eliminated pain medications from his daily regimen. Now dedicated to helping others who suffer from chronic pain, Roman works to shorten the amount of time it takes chronic pain sufferers to find a pain management solution.

"I endured more than 30 surgeries and four progressive amputations of my right leg in an attempt to manage my phantom limb pain," said Roman. "I lived in horrifying chronic pain for a decade before I finally found a medical professional who specialized in pain management. He provided me with options that other physicians didn't know about, and now I control my pain instead of it controlling me."

Boston Scientific remains the primary sponsor of Roman's race team and has launched www.RaceAgainstPain.com to bring the message of hope to the 75 million other Americans who suffer from the effects of chronic pain. For information on the campaign, visit www.RaceAgainstPain.com. For information on Precision Spinal Cord Stimulation therapy used by Mike Roman, visit www.ControlYourPain.com. Joining Roman as a sponsor partner in 2009 is Snap-on Tools, a world leader in hand tool manufacturing.

For Roman, who has been sponsored by Boston Scientific in various SCCA Pro Racing events the past two years, this year's venture into land speed racing is new. "One of the goals of the Race Against Pain campaign is to take our message each year and make it visible to an even higher status of motorsports competition and land speed racing has always been where some of the greatest accomplishments in motorsports have occurred over the past six to seven decades," stated Roman. "We realize that we have established a high mark, but one that we believe fits the objectives of the campaign and

the millions of people that we want to reach," added Roman. Roman and the team of Cook & Perez from Tampa, Florida commence their first event in 2009 when they compete at the land speed event at Maxton, North Carolina from April 3-5. Additional events scheduled at press time include Roman's participation in Speed Week races at the legendary land speed facility at the Bonneville (UT) Salt Flats and a return to the Maxton facility later in 2009.

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit: www.bostonscientific.com.

Snap-on Tools is a worldwide leader, developer, manufacturer and marketer of hand tools and equipment. For more information, please visit www.snapon.com.

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