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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 afterwards, Pinky Swear Foundation was established by his parents to honor the promise he made.

Event Overview

Welcome to the Pinky Swear Foundation fundraising site for the IMT Des Moines Marathon, Relay, Half Marathon, and 5K on October 20, 2019.

Families plan for college — not for cancer. 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.

Join our fundraising efforts and get your own personal page! You can track donations, join a team and use our tools to share your event via email and social networks. All fundraising proceeds will go to support the Pinky Swear mission in Iowa and across the U.S.

Fundraising Incentives

As a thank you and reward for IMT Des Moines Marathon Pinky Swear fundraisers, each participant meeting the fundraising milestone of $100+ by October 31 will have a choice of fun Pinky Swear-branded gear!

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