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.

Pinky Swear All-Star gives back to other kids fighting cancer

When Taylor Breimhorst of Shakopee was only 6 years old, the Pinky Swear Foundation helped her family through the nightmare of learning about and getting treatment for Taylor’s brain tumor.

Now, 12-year-old Taylor has been tumor-free for 15 months, and she is working to give back to the organization that was there for her in a time of trial.

“It makes me feel like I’m doing the right thing when I help,” Taylor said.

Taylor’s mom, Denielle Breimhorst, said the Pinky Swear Foundation (formerly Miracles of Mitch) came through for her family when they most needed help.

Pinky Swear Foundation named BOLD Award Winners

Press Release
MEDIA RELEASE- Minneapolis, MN— February 25, 2015
The Pinky Swear Foundation was awarded the Association of Corporate Growth’s  ACG 3rd Annual BOLD Award for Non-Profits last night at Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley, MN,.
The ACG BOLD Awards celebrates BOLDness and honors the very best in corporate growth strategies. Leaders and their teams were recognized for imagination, innovation and extraordinary efforts to grow Minnesota through BOLD, imaginative, innovative and extraordinary efforts.


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