About Us


Stronger Than Pain Inc.  is a Non-Profit Organization for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness. Our mission is to educate and support people in our community and around the world. Stronger Than Pain will educate the public by hosting community events and speaking at schools and conferences.

Kurtis VanFleet - President/Chief Executive Officer

Kurtis is a 20 year old from California who strives on helping others. Dealing with the loss of numerous friends and family due to suicide and depression and knowing that we lose over 40,000 people a year, 5,000 of those being Veterans, and over 250 of those being First Responders, Kurtis wanted to see change. He founded Stronger Than Pain with the help of his mother Twinkle, and hopes to help lower the number of suicides per year. Kurtis is a Private First Class (PFC) in the California Military Department, California State Military Reserve and works full time in Law Enforcement.

Twinkle VanFleet - Vice President of Operations

Twinkle was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in 2003 after a January 26, 2001 work place injury. Twinkle is the former California Ambassador, Executive Board Member, Advocacy Director, Healthcare consultant and advisor to the International Pain Foundation. She developed iPain Living Magazine's debut edition of 12 Steps to Patient Empowerment and is the author of step 2- Responsibility. She's the author of 2 additional articles in the second edition. 

Twinkle is currently a Medtronic Patient Ambassador and NPAF volunteer. She works with the Gohl Program to provide natural relief for chronic pain of all types. Kurtis is Twinkle's youngest child who was only 3 years old when she was permanently injured. Twinkle is a graduate of John Robert Powers School of Professional Acting and Modeling. She started college at 15 with a course of study in Law and Theatre. She studied Corporate Publishing at OSC from 2005-2007.

She has been assisting people through physical and emotion pain since she was a teenager. She is the founder of the RSD(S)-CRPS Advisory websites and support group.


Twinkle is a suicide survivor.