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.
On Jan. 24, 2010, Melanie Dickens fell on her left foot, a fall that led to a painful condition known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). In an attempt to desensitize her legs and protect them from the elements, Dickens began wearing knee-high socks every day. As the first anniversary of her injury drew near, Dickens’s family did not want her to be reminded that had it been one year that she had struggled with constant pain. So they set out to focus on the positive through a celebration of her strength. Crazy Sock Day was born. Dickens’s friends and family all wore colorful knee-high socks to show their support.