In an effort to create a sense of community during a time of isolation and uncertainty, the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program held a virtual talent show on March 29 via video conference call.
A total of 13 performers showcased their talents, including singing, dancing, archery, and art.
“It was so great to see these kids connect with one another in such a positive way! You could see how empowering it was for these kids to share their talents with each other and to have a platform to do so,” says Beth Young, whose daughter, Emma Parcells, participated in the talent show. “When I heard my daughter sing and be happy, it made me cry. In these uncertain times for us all, I watched these kids coming together and supporting each other in such a positive way. It was the best distraction from what we have to face every day.”
Emma adds, “It was just fun to do the talent show because there was no pressure. With the stress from COVID-19 and so many people getting sick, it was nice to get a break from that.”
The Pediatric Pain Warrior Program also had their first Spirit Week last week on Facebook, bringing the community together through fun, interactive prompts, like sharing a picture of their furry friends, “shaking their rumpus,” and showing their pain warrior pride by wearing blue.
“I felt it was important for kids to feel a sense of community and positivity at such a difficult time,” says Casey Cashman, Director of the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program. “We were all disappointed to have to postpone the spring weekend retreat as a result of COVID-19. Because of that, and with so many people experiencing added stress right now, I wanted to give our pediatric pain warrior families something to look forward to. Giving the kids a chance to share their talents, something they usually get to do at school, seemed like a good way to provide some joy and laughter.”
Pediatric Pain Warrior Spirit Week will continue for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program is also hosting a series of online events in the coming weeks:
Q&A with Tyler Cashman (to discuss fundraising, advocating, and so much more!)
Wednesday, April 1, at 7 pm EST
Real talk for parents
Thursday, April 2, at 4 pm EST
Dance party/open forum for kids
Saturday, April 4, at 7 pm EST