January was a busy month for some of U.S. Pain’s youngest pain warriors.

Jan. 11 marked the third annual Points for Pain fundraiser hosted by 14-year-old Tyler Cashman, director of pediatric fundraising and awareness, at Voorhees Regional High School in Glen Gardner, NJ.  The event, which consisted of a bake sale, raffles, and a varsity girls basketball game, has raised more than $4,500 and counting. Cashman spoke and shared the pediatric edition of the INvisible Project project to a packed gym. All of the funds raised from this event go towards U.S. Pain’s Pediatric Pain Warrior Program.

A few weeks later, 18-year-old Melanie Dickens, an ambassador and INvisible Project participant, hosted her eighth annual Crazy Sock Walk. Dickens and her family hosted a walk in Melbourne, FL, to help raise funds and awareness for those living with chronic pain.

This year, the walk consisted of a bake sale, raffles, and food. Along the walking path, the Dickens placed information about different chronic pain conditions to help raise awareness. In addition, on Feb. 1, there will be a dine to donate event at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Melbourne. To date, Crazy Sock Walk has raised over $2,000 for both U.S. Pain and the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association.

“We are so grateful to Tyler and Melanie,” says Paul Gileno, U.S. Pain president and founder. “We can learn from these young adults about taking chronic illness and turning it around to help others. They are both inspirations to everyone.”

If you are interested in hosting a fundraising event, please reach out to U.S. Pain at fundraising@uspainfoundation.org.