Keeping the promise to help kids with cancer and their families
In December of 2002, nine-year-old Mitch Chepokas, terminally ill with bone cancer, withdrew the entire $6,000 from his savings account and put it in envelopes for kids on the pediatric oncology floor at the hospital.
After giving all his money away, Mitch’s dad made a pinky swear promise with him to always help children with cancer and their families after he was gone. Mitch passed away on April 11, 2003, and shortly afterward, Pinky Swear Foundation was established by his parents to honor the promise he made.
When a child is battling cancer, the whole family is faced not only with a heavy emotional and psychological toll, but also a financial one. Even families with good insurance can find themselves on the brink of financial disaster. Major upheavals to family routines, expenditures, work, and plans occur rapidly, especially if the child’s treatment has to take place far from home.
Pinky Swear provides families facing cancer with financial and emotional support, including:Home rescue: Rent and mortgage payments
Reliable transportation: Auto payments, repairs and gas cards
Groceries: Food on the table for kids and families
Payments for bills: Utilities, childcare, and other basic needs
For kids newly diagnosed: Helpful gift cards and a note from our founders, delivered to their home
Memorable experiences: Worry-free, quality time together out of the hospital
Convenient, stocked food pantries in hospitals: Ability for families to stay with their sick child and reduce expenses
With 15,000 kids newly diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S. - including approximately 260 in Minnesota alone - Pinky Swear needs help from people like you to help more families with children with cancer. Be inspired by Mitch, who selflessly gave away $6,000 to kids with cancer in the hospital in 2002, and help us meet our $6,000 goal today.
THANK YOU for being a "Keeper" of the pinky swear!