Sunday, July 30 would be Mitch's 24th Birthday
July 27, 2017
The Pinky Swear Story
In December of 2002, nine-year-old Mitch Chepokas, terminally ill with bone cancer, withdrew the entire $6,000 from his savings account and put it in envelopes for kids on the pediatric oncology floor at the hospital. After giving all of his money away, Mitch’s dad made a pinky swear promise with him to always help children with cancer and their families after he was gone. Mitch passed away on April 11, 2003, and shortly afterward, Pinky Swear Foundation was established by his parents to honor the promise he made.
“Your life changes so quickly. It’s just turned upside down, and you can’t do anything about it.” – Paige’s mom
Parents may plan for retirement or for a child’s college education, but they don’t plan for cancer. When a child is battling cancer, the whole family is faced not only with a heavy emotional and psychological toll, but also a financial one. Even families with good insurance can find themselves on the brink of financial disaster. Parents are overwhelmed by the demands of this situation, and under enormous stress. Major upheavals to family routines, expenditures, work, and plans are occurring rapidly, especially if the child’s treatment has to take place far from home.
Mission: Helping kids with cancer and their families with financial and emotional support. Pinky Swear provides families facing cancer with financial and emotional support, including grants for stable housing, reliable transportation, utilities, food and weekend getaways. So they can focus on what’s most important: their child battling cancer.
How Pinky Swear Helps Families
Home Rescue: Rent and mortgage payments, necessary home repairs
Groceries: Food on the table for kids and families
Reliable Transportation: Auto expenses, repairs and gas cards
Payments For Bills: Utilities, child care, and other unique family needs
Memorable Family Experiences: All-Star Weekends and other events that provide quality time together out of the hospital
Pinky Swear Pantry: Convenient, stocked food pantries in hospitals ease the financial burden and makes it easy for families to stay together
Orange Envelope: A care package with gift cards and a Pinky Swear guide for families with a new diagnosis