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Glen Gardner, NJ (Feb. 21, 2020)—Last night, 17-year-old Tyler Cashman of Tewksbury held his annual fundraiser for children with chronic pain, bringing the total raised in five years to more than $110,000. Inspired by his mom, who lives with chronic pain herself, at age 12 Tyler created the “Points for Pain,” which asks fans to pledge donations for children with chronic pain based on the number of points their team scores.

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Glen Gardner, NJ (Feb. 18, 2020)—Chronic health issues are tough for adults, but they’re especially hard on children. Five years ago, a local teen decided he wanted to help. Tyler Cashman, of Tewksbury, created “Points for Pain,” which asks sports fans to pledge donations for children with chronic pain based on the number of points their team scores.

Over the years, Tyler—now 17—has raised more than $110,000. His next game is this Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 pm at Voorhees High School in Glen Gardner, NJ. While the focus of Points for Pain is fundraising, it’s also a great chance to raise awareness about pediatric pain. At the beginning of each game, Tyler explains the challenges these children faces and why support is so important.

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U.S. Pain was one of several organizations to sponsor 30 families with children with chronic pain to attend the 2019 Pediatric Pain Family Camp at The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, KY. The center is specially designed for kids with serious illnesses, offering activities for children with different abilities and an on-site medical center staffed by a full-time doctor.

The campers came together from all across the country July 21 through 25 to enjoy activities like fishing, boating, arts and crafts, and more. Most important, kids and family members had the opportunity to be with others who understand the challenges of living with pain.

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Kids who live with chronic pain have same desire as anyone else their age: to feel understood, connected, and supported. Attendees at the second Pediatric Pain Warriors retreat, held over Memorial Day weekend in San Antonio, TX, experienced all this and more. The retreat included 90 kids with pain and their family members. (View a slideshow from the weekend.)

The weekend kicked off with a welcome dinner, which included a surprise visit from former Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Charmeachealle (Mike) Moore. On Saturday, children and their family members were treated to an education day with speakers covering topics from virtual reality for pain to medication safety. On the final day of the weekend, everyone headed to Morgan’s Wonderland, a handicapped-accessible theme park, for some well-deserved fun in the sun. Founded in 2010, the park admits anyone with a special need free of charge, no questions asked.

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Contact: Casey Cashman at 908-442-3257 or pediatricpainwarrior@uspainfoundation.org

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.

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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!)

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Most 16 year olds are focused on their cellphones and televisions. But not 16-year-old Tyler Cashman, of Tewksbury, N.J. Tyler will host two “Points for Pain” fundraiser basketball games at Old Turnpike Middle School on Jan. 24 at 5 pm and at Voorhees High School on Jan. 29 at 7 pm. [PLEASE NOTE: The Jan. 29 game has been reschedule to Feb. 11 due to inclement weather.] All proceeds benefit Pediatric Pain Warriors, which 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.

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Last weekend, more than 125 kids with chronic pain and their families traveled from across the country for the first-ever Pediatric Pain Warrior retreat in Disney World. The event was the official kick-off of U.S. Pain’s new Pediatric Pain Warrior program, which is dedicated to the unique needs of children with chronic illnesses and their loved ones.

The weekend included plenty of opportunities for fun, like dinner with Mickey Mouse and a scavenger hunt, but the focus was education and empowerment. Saturday featured a full day of presentations ranging from the importance of talking about pain and sharing your story to tips for living with common pain conditions, like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome. The retreat also celebrated the release of the INvisible Project: Pediatric second edition, which will be available online in the coming weeks.

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U.S. Pain was one of several organizations to sponsor 58 children with chronic pain and their families to attend Pediatric Pain Camp at The Center for Courageous Kids, a facility in Scottsville, KY, that offers summer camp programming for kids with serious illnesses. The camp provides activities suitable for children with different abilities and offers an on-site medical center staffed by a full-time doctor.

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