Keeping the Promise

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.

The triathlon is about 30 kids away from reaching their goal of 300 racers

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.

Kids triathlons give lifelines to others in health battles

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.

Hy-Vee triathlon predecessor focuses on getting kids active

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa —Hy-Vee held its first big race Saturday since canceling its world-class Hy-Vee Triathlon in February. Organizers of the Pinky Swear Triathlon said the focus of Saturday’s event is completely different than the former Hy-Vee triathlon. Close to 300 athletes under the age of 19 crossed the finish line not knowing how fast they finished. “I think it's just fun to do one that's not timed and just enjoy yourself and not have to worry about places,” said triathlete Hannah Groos.

Life to the Max TV features Pinky Swear Foundation

Pinky Swear Foundation was featured on a new episode of “Life to the Max" on WCCO–TV Channel 4 on Saturday, June 20, at 11:05 p.m. Hosted by Mike Max, "Life to the Max” highlights stories of perseverance, tenacity and winning attitudes. It is more than just a sports show; it’s a program about those who look at the glass as half-full. Steve Chepokas’ son Mitch was diagnosed with stage four bone cancer in 2002. After overhearing a family struggling with medical bills while undergoing treatment, Mitch made his dad “pinky swear” that they would help families in similar situations.

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