CLIVE, Iowa – The founders of a Minnesota-based children's charity came to the metro to share the story of why they started the Pinky Swear Foundation.
Steven and Becky Chepokas spoke to about 100 people at the Healthy Living Center in Clive. The couple started the organization 13 years ago after their 9-year-old son died from stage four bone cancer.
DAVIDSON -- Dozens of children, some as young as 6-years-old, swam, biked and ran Saturday to help kids with cancer.
6-year-old Davis Overcash was one of those children and teens who participated in the Pinky Swear Foundation triathlon.
He said he couldn’t participate last year because he was battling liver cancer.
But this year he’s been in remission for a year, so he decided to participate.
Saturday’s Pinky Swear Triathlon at Lake Nokomis had a turnout of 800 young athletes, running to raise awareness for children battling cancer.
The Pinky Swear Foundation was created to keep the memory of Mitch Chepokas, who passed away 12 years ago to cancer, alive. Becky and Steve Chepokas, Mitch’s parents, founded the Pinky Swear Foundation, to help provide assistance to families in need.
There are currently 11 triathlons like Pinky Swear Foundation. Many participants in these triathlons are supporters of the cause and some are even former cancer patients.