The World’s Third-Largest Kids Triathlon to Benefit Pediatric Cancer Patients via Pinky Swear Foundation
Kids will race to raise money for Greater Atlanta families impacted by cancer
By Emma Johanningsmeier / World-Herald staff writer After JoAnn Kaylor’s son, Kevon, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer in October 2013 at age 15, caring for him became Kaylor’s full-time occupation. For the first four months, she was with him every day while he stayed at three different hospitals. Several months after the diagnosis, Kaylor had used up all her leave time under the Family Medical Leave Act and had to quit her job, leaving her with little income — only what she gets from child support and Kevon’s Supplemental Security Income.
DAVENPORT, Iowa Hundreds of kids will be breaking a sweat Saturday. They'll be at the Bettendorf YMCA for the Quad Cities "Pinky Swear" Kid's Triathlon. The race helps kids get active while raising money to support families with a child battling cancer. The race focuses on participation rather than competition, and most importantly that each child will be racing for local kids with cancer One of those kids is 10-year-old Tristan Parr, who was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia more than a year ago.
The Miracles of Mitch Foundation has become the Pinky Swear Foundation, but its mission to help kids with cancer remains the same. Twelve years ago, the Chanhassen community gathered to help Steve Chepokas keep a promise of the most solemn kind: a pinky swear to his 9-year old son, Mitch, to help other kids with cancer and their families after he was gone. Thus the Miracles of Mitch Foundation—renamed the Pinky Swear Foundation last December—was born.