Pediatric Pain Warrior weekend retreats offer children with pain and their families a chance to connect, learn, and feel supported. Past retreats have been held in Gurnee, IL; San Antonio, TX; and Disney World. Since they were launched, roughly 400 kids and their loved ones have taken part.
Retreats are typically in person, but in light of COVID-19, this year it is a virtual retreat, featuring fun online events and participation rewards! It is free and open to all.
Here’s what people have said about past retreats:
“We laughed, shed tears, bonded together with new and old friends in ways only people living with pain could understand, and celebrated the warriors and their wins. We are grateful as a family to have had the opportunity to be included. We cherished each moment of the event and look forward to the ripple effects in the future. Thank you to everyone who made this a memorable and special weekend.”
“Words cannot express the amount of gratitude we have for all that made this weekend possible. We have so many unforgettable moments with so many unique folks. Again, so many emotions I wish I could portray into words. Big, huge heartfelt stuff all weekend. From the first night at Mickey’s Backyard Barbecue to the last night, l was either in tears or in goosebumps.”
“I finally met someone with my disability in person. It was amazing to meet people who understood my struggles because they had been there themselves. I’m not sure I would have met anyone with my disability in my age group had I not gone to the retreat.”
“It was so powerful to be around other families experiencing the same struggles as us, to share resources and support. The speakers were top-notch, providing targeted information about our exact need areas. To be able to have this experience for free, in a year where we are drowning in medical bills, was such a boon. And the venue was absolutely kid-heaven.”