The Pediatric Pain Warrior Program’s virtual retreat, which began in May, has been busy providing education, interaction, and social events for kids and their families. Among the many activities is an awareness campaign featuring, “Pediatric Pete the Penguin Warrior,” an adorable mascot who has begun making his way throughout the United States.
So far, Pete has traveled to 23 states as well as British Columbia, Canada. Pete’s adventures with different pediatric pain warriors have been documented and can be seen in the slideshow below.
More than 250 kids from 33 states and four countries have registered for the Pediatric Virtual Retreat. The program is offering a series of free online activities tailored to kids with pain and their loved ones over the next several months. Events range from informal support groups to workshops to a traveling mascot awareness campaign. (The retreat, which is typically held in person, was moved online as a result of COVID-19. )
Our second Pediatric Pain Warrior retreat is quickly approaching, and registration is open. The retreat will be held at the ultra-accessible fun park, Morgan’s Wonderland. Morgan’s Wonderland is located in San Antonio, TX, and is specially designed for people of all abilities. The retreat will be held May 24-26.
“Our goal is to bring young people living with pain and their families together, to educate them, and help them connect to other pain warriors and their families,” says Director of Pediatric Pain Warrior Program, Casey Cashman. Cashman continues saying, “Morgan’s Wonderland provides the perfect opportunity to our pain warriors to enjoy their weekend without the barriers they normally face.”
On Jan. 24 and Feb. 11, Tyler Cashman, Director of Pediatric Fundraising, hosted two Points for Pain games, raising more than $5,000 for U.S. Pain’s Pediatric Pain Warriors program. The program provides support for children with chronic pain and their families through weekend retreats, education days, a magazine highlighting pediatric patient stories, a pen pal program, and more.
(The next retreat is May 24-26, click here to learn more!)