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Contact: Casey Cashman at 908-442-3257 or [email protected]
San Antonio, TX (May 20, 2019)—Childhood is supposed to be carefree. But for the millions of kids navigating the challenges of living with painful conditions like fibromyalgia or juvenile arthritis, that’s not necessarily the case.
To help support children with chronic pain and their families, on May 24 to 27, the U.S. Pain Foundation will host its second Pediatric Pain Warriors Retreat at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, TX.
A total of 25 families — 90 individuals overall — will be in attendance. Highlights of the weekend include a visit from former Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Charmeachealle (Mike) Moore; an education day covering topics from virtual reality for pain to medication safety; and of course, time spent at Morgan’s Wonderland, a handicapped-accessible theme park.
Above all, however, the weekend is a vital chance for families affected by chronic conditions to connect with one another and feel less alone.
“Kids with pain can feel very isolated as they watch their peers engaging in activities that they can’t do,” says Casey Cashman, Director of the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program. “It’s easy for them to feel depressed or bad about themselves. We want to make sure they understand that they are not alone, and that there is support. We also want to help them focus on what they can do despite pain.”
U.S. Pain Foundation, the leading chronic pain organization in the country, is covering the cost of hotels, meals, activities, and the park entrance fee for all participants thanks to funding raised through its Points for Pain program, as well as the sponsorship of Johnson & Johnson and Genentech. The visit with Moore is being made possible by AloeVeritas.
Points for Pain was created when Cashman’s son, Tyler, decided he wanted to honor his mom’s struggle with chronic conditions by raising funds for kids going through similar things. Since 2015, he has raised more than $100,000.
Beyond weekend retreats, the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program also offers educational webinars; a pen pals program; an awareness magazine featuring patient stories; and more.
About U.S. Pain Foundation
Founded in 2010, the U.S. Pain Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain. The mission of the U.S. Pain Foundation is to empower, educate, connect, and advocate for individuals living with chronic illness that causes pain, as well as their caregivers and clinicians. For more information, visit www.uspainfoundation.org.