13-year-old Tyler Cashman, U.S. Pain director of pediatric awareness and fundraising, has raised more than $8,600 so far this year through three recent Points for Pain basketball games. All of the games took place in Cashman’s home state of New Jersey. The first was at Old Turnpike Middle School on Dec. 14, the second at Voorhees High School on Jan. 31 and the third at Montclair State University on Feb. 11. At the Jan. 31 game, which took place at Cashman’s high school, New Jersey Assemblyman Erik Peterson presented him with a resolution recognizing his exceptional advocacy work.
Cashman created Points for Pain last year. Through this unique fundraiser, individuals either make donations based on pledges per point scored by their team or through a general donation. It’s a fun, creative opportunity that engages communities in learning about the challenges faced by children with chronic pain and in raising funds for programs to support them, like a summer camp specifically designed for children with chronic pain.
“Since I can’t take away their pain, I wanted to do the next best thing, and that is to raise awareness and make them feel included and understood,” says Cashman. Cashman has been affected by chronic pain in a very personal way – his mom, Casey, has lived with chronic pain every day since 2008.
Anyone can host a Points for Pain game at their school. U.S. Pain can walk you through the process and provide all of the information and tools you need for a successful event. If you are interested in hosting a game, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.