Kids Triathlon Raises Money for Pediatric Cancer Patients

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.

Foundation Based on a Pinky Swear Allows Kids to Help Other Kids

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.

Pinky Swear Triathlon runners raced over to Lake Nokomis Saturday to support a good cause

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. 

Orange Envelope Application

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If your child has been diagnosed with cancer within the last six months, please complete the information below so we can send a one-time Orange Envelope gift to you and your All-Star

  • Pinky Swear processes applications monthly.

  • Meeting the criteria in this application does not guarantee approval.

  • Pinky Swear will notify by email the primary contact and social worker listed whether or not your request was approved.

  • Orange Envelopes that are approved will be dispersed the last week of each month.

To complete the application you will need:

  • Your clinical social worker's contact information.

  • Please submit your applicaiton through the online form only. We can not accept fax or printed applications.

Lowell Jobe Appointed Chairman of the Board at Pinky Swear Foundation and Six New Board Members Elected

BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA (May 10, 2016) – Pinky Swear Foundation, a Minnesota-based non-profit providing financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families, announces the recent election of Lowell Jobe as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, and the appointment of six additional new board members.

Mary Mendehall-Core Joins Pinky Swear Foundation as Community Development Representative for Des Moines and Quad Cities Regions

BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA (April 26, 2016) – Pinky Swear Foundation announces the recent appointment of Mary Mendenhall-Core as a Community Development Representative in its Des Moines and Quad Cities regions. She will serve as the Foundation’s feet-on-the-ground in Iowa as Pinky Swear expands its presence in markets across the nation, and works to help all families with kids in cancer treatment by 2020.

Brackets for Good 2016

Brackets for Good Twin Cities

Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition?

Pinky Swear is excited to be participating in the Brackets for Good 2016 Twin Cities tournament. During this bracketed tournament for charities, 64 local nonprofit organizations will compete to make the most points, or raise the most dollars. Every point counts! The overall winner (nonprofit with the most overall dollars raised) will receive a $10,000 prize.


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