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.

Activities ranged from taking 26 steps each day to doing 26 minutes of physical therapy for 26 days. Each day, a different participant shared their activity and what the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program means to them on the program’s Facebook page. You can see their videos here.

“My Marathon brought some much-needed awareness to how even though the challenges may look different when you live with pain, the triumphs are just as important,” said Pediatric Pain Warrior Program Director Casey Cashman. “We are so proud of everyone who joined in. Whatever your goal was, it’s simply about doing your best. The videos the participants shared were truly inspirational, and really showcase the unwavering strength of our kids and families.”

More than $8,500 has been raised so far, including a $2,500 matching gift from an anonymous donor. Funds raised from the My Marathon initiative for the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program will help support events like special retreats for pediatric pain warriors and their families.

If you are interested in donating, you will be able to do so until Oct. 30.