Rainy skies couldn’t stop J.H.S. 194 William Carr School in Queens, New York, from uniting to walk a mile to raise awareness for one of their own students, Tyler Kilpatrick, on May 5. Despite being held indoors, the walk was a success, with the entire school participating.

Derek Kilpatrick, Tyler’s brother, started a walk at their school, to raise awareness for his brother.  Tyler was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), in his leg. “I wanted to do something to help get my brother back and make sure he knew I was always there to support him in any way I could,” says Derek.

Thus began the fundraiser, “Queens Knocks Out RSD.” Over the past two years J.H.S. 194 has raised close to $20,000 for the U.S. Pain Foundation’s Pediatric Pain Warrior Program, which benefits children living with painful conditions through awareness campaigns, support services and other efforts.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the Kilpatrick’s and J.H.S. 194 for their partnership in raising awareness and all of their support to the U.S. Pain Foundation,” says Paul Gileno, president and founder of U.S. Pain. “Together, we are making a difference for these children, helping to ensure that these kids know they have a support system while at school.”

For more information or to donate to Queens Knocks Out RSD, click here.