Although living with chronic pain can feel like a marathon, we all find ways to conquer our obstacles. With that in mind, in honor of Pain Awareness Month, the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program launched My Marathon, a new fundraising initiative in September. Because marathons are 26.2 miles, pediatric pain warriors were asked to complete 26 days of movement during the month of September and asked for pledges for completing their goal.

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The Pediatric Pain Warriors program is excited to announce My Marathon, a brand-new fundraising initiative. Knowing that every day can feel like a marathon when you are battling chronic pain, the goal of the fundraiser is to show that while everyone in our community is so different, we all find ways to conquer our obstacles.

“Because marathons are 26.2 miles, we are asking our pain warriors to do 26 movement activities in September,” says Casey Cashman, director of the Pediatric Pain Warriors program. “Marathons can range from walking 26 steps daily for 26 days to doing 26 minutes of physical therapy for 26 days. The possibilities are endless — you can incorporate yoga, swimming, dancing, martial arts, or whatever you prefer. Each person’s chronic pain journey is different, so each person’s marathon will be unique.”

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The Pediatric Pain Warrior Program has announced its fourth semiannual retreat will be held virtually. Registration is free and open now!

“We know this looks different than our past events, but due to the current health situation around the United States and the world, we felt it was the only safe way to put on a retreat,” says Casey Cashman, Director of the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program. “We are working diligently to make this as interactive and fun as we possibly can and hope you will join in!

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To help support you during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program is offering a variety of events (both educational and fun!) and interactive group meetings, including:

  • A parents Q&A with Alyssa Dickens, a pediatric physical therapist today, April 14, at 7 pm ET
  • A Facebook takeover concert with musical duo Arbour Season on Thursday, April 16, at 7 pm ET
  • A Zoom meeting for teens every Wednesday at 7 pm ET
  • A Zoom meeting for moms every Friday at 8 pm ET
  • A Zoom meeting for dads every other Sunday at 7 pm ET

Please join us! Click on the images to register. All events except the Facebook takeover with Arbour Season require advance registration.

We’re also continuing to host #PedsPainWarriorSpiritWeek over on our Facebook page, with fun daily prompts.

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Glen Gardner, NJ (Feb. 18, 2020)—Chronic health issues are tough for adults, but they’re especially hard on children. Five years ago, a local teen decided he wanted to help. Tyler Cashman, of Tewksbury, created “Points for Pain,” which asks sports fans to pledge donations for children with chronic pain based on the number of points their team scores.

Over the years, Tyler—now 17—has raised more than $110,000. His next game is this Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 pm at Voorhees High School in Glen Gardner, NJ. While the focus of Points for Pain is fundraising, it’s also a great chance to raise awareness about pediatric pain. At the beginning of each game, Tyler explains the challenges these children faces and why support is so important.

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The third Pediatric Pain Warriors weekend retreat, held Nov. 15-17 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, IL, was the biggest event yet. Approximately 75 kids with pain and their loved ones—more than 200 people total—traveled from all across the country to take part.

Thanks to the generosity of numerous sponsors, including Johnson & Johnson, Genentech, Thrive Tape, Cure Medical, Papa & Barkley, The Greenbrier Companies, and the New York Yankees, as well as individual donors, the event is free to attend with some families receiving scholarships to help offset the cost of travel.

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U.S. Pain Foundation offers its free programs and services thanks to donations and grants. That’s why the organization is especially grateful when volunteers step up to raise funding!

The last few months have been particularly busy with a range of fundraisers–including a trivia night, headshot booth, wrap and pizza sale, haunted driveway, and golf outing. Each event demonstrates how unique and creative fundraisers can be.

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Are you a baseball fan?

During the New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins game this Saturday at 5:05 pm on Fox Sports, announcer Ken Rosenthal will be rocking a very special bowtie featuring the U.S. Pain logo in honor of the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program. He’ll also say a few words about the program, which offers retreats, educational events, awareness efforts, and more for children with pain and their families.

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U.S Pain Foundation has announced the details for its next Pediatric Pain Warrior retreat, which will take place Nov. 15 to 17 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, IL. The third semi-annual retreat will host more than 60 children with pain and their families for a day-long education workshop, as well as opportunities for fun and relaxation. The event promises to bring pediatric pain warriors together for meaningful connections and friendships with those who truly “get it.”

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