Kids and Families

Determination and inspiration help him to heal. Twelve-year-old Aidan Sullivan is an active kid who loves playing sports like hockey, football, surfing and sailing. But a snowboarding accident in February 2014 changed all that. At 10 years old, Aidan’s life as a typical New England kid vanished, and debilitating pain invaded his small body. Read More >

Aidan Sullivan
Aidan Sullivan

Karen Richards is not shy about speaking out against the injustices plaguing children with pain. Having lived with pain since first grade, she is determined to use her experiences to help people. “No kid with a rare disease should have to suffer needlessly due to lack of care,” she says. Read More >

Karen Richards
Karen Richards

Twelve-year-old Madi Begley is a spirited warrior who refuses to let physical challenges or pain dictate her life. Born nine weeks premature, she has been fighting since birth. It is this determined, can-do attitude that helps Madi thrive in every situation. Read More >

Madi Begley
Madi Begley

Melanie Dickens was only 10 years old in 2010 when she fell, spraining her ankle and bruising the bone. Her pain escalated in the weeks after the injury, and three months later a pediatric orthopedist delivered devastating news: Melanie had reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). Since then she has battled chronic pain and found a kind of victory in believing in herself and valuing the rich years that lie ahead. Read More >

Melanie Dickens
Melanie Dickens

In 2012, Savannah Orth was a 14-year-old competitive swimmer with dreams of the Olympics. A disciplined honor roll student, Savannah never could have imagined her life would veer off course. Read More >

Savannah Orth
Savannah Orth

Spencer Kiernan was just eight years old when a sledding accident resulted in debilitating pain. Now 14, Spencer is thankful to have finally found therapies that help him live a somewhat “normal” teenage life. For Spencer, the past six years have been a bleak and dark journey that taught him the true meaning of fighting—holding on and never giving up. Read More >

Spencer Kiernan
Spencer Kiernan