Points for Pain

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What is Points for Pain:

Points for Pain is a fundraiser and awareness campaign to benefit the U.S. Pain Foundation’s Pediatric Pain Program.

The program includes scholarships to a week-long pediatric pain summer camp, an INvisible Project magazine and gala highlighting the brave stories of young children with pain, and an educational event, Take Control of Your Pain.

This campaign’s goal is to help raise awareness and funds for children living with chronic pain. Living with chronic pain as an adult can be difficult enough; dealing with pain as a child is unimaginably complex and challenging. They deserve special support and resources.


Why it started:

Points for Pain was started in 2015 by 7th grader Tyler Cashman. Tyler has been affected by chronic pain in a very personal way – his mom, Casey, has lived with pain every day since 2008. Tyler saw how chronic pain can impact families in every aspect of life. But he also saw how U.S. Pain Foundation gave his mom hope by connecting her with beneficial programs and other people living with pain.

Through his mom’s involvement with U.S. Pain, he met children facing these challenges and wanted to make a difference for them. While he cannot take away their pain, he knows if he helps raise awareness and funding, it will empower them and help them along their pain journeys. Now in high school, Tyler has raised more than $40,000 for pediatric pain warriors.

How it works:

Points for Pain can take place at any type of sporting event—it can be a school sports team, a travel one, or even a recreational team. Prior to the game, fans pledge a dollar amount per point scored per team or both teams (general donations are always accepted as well). It’s an exciting, fun way to raise money and awareness for a great cause.

If you’re interested in hosting a Points for Pain game in your town, U.S. Pain will work with you every step of the way.  We will provide you with resources to display at a table during the event, and can even have someone from U.S. Pain come and speak about chronic pain in your community prior to the game to help educate them.


Money raised in the last two years



What Points for Pain supports

  • PAIN CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS. U.S. Pain is honored to partner with The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain (TCAPP), Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) and Rock out to Knock out RSD to sponsor a week-long pediatric pain camp, a wonderful place that allows kids and their families to attend camp and participate in regular activities with children facing similar challenges. The camp is located at The Center for Courageous Kids in Scotsville, KY.
  • PEDIATRIC INVISIBLE PROJECT. The INvisible Project is a print magazine and gala that honors the brave stories of people living with pain. By making visible the experiences and challenges associated with chronic pain, this campaign validates the journey while highlighting personal strength, character and courage. Thanks to Points for Pain, this year, we published our very first pediatric edition of the INvisible Project.
  • EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESOURCES. Points for Pan supports Take Control of Your Pain events, which are free, educational seminars designed to educate adults and children on the latest advances in pain management and complementary therapies. They also offers patients the opportunity to share their pain journey with others who have had similar experiences and learn about resources offered by U.S. Pain.
  • PEDIATRIC PAIN RESEARCH. Less than 1 percent of the National Institutes of Health’s research budget goes toward pain research. More research is needed for all pain patients, but especially children with chronic pain, who face uniquely difficult challenges.

If you’d like to host a Points for Pain game or want more information, please reach out to us at

Who Points for Pain helps

“I have to keep pushing because life is worth fighting for… pain will not squash my dreams.”
Aidan Sullivan
“No kid with a rare disease should have to suffer needlessly due to lack of care.”
Karen Richards
“Nothing will stop me from doing what I love. Whatever happens, I will find a way to get through it.”
Madi Begley
“I live life for today—life is how it is. But I have a lot ahead of me to live for.”
Melanie Dickens
“I am not ashamed to admit there was a time when I lost hope and my life was bleak. Pain has taught me that bravery doesn’t mean always being happy; sometimes crying is the only way to help you heal.”
Savannah Orth
“I feel I am almost all the way in remission. I am so glad I never lost hope. Don’t lose yours either… someone will be there for you.”
Spencer Kiernan

Aidan and his parents in the hospital
Savannah, 1
Savannah 13
Spencer xrays

Watch a video from The Center for Courageous Kids.