Help the Wenngatz Family support the Pinky Swear Foundation
In honor of Alex's battle with secondary Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
On June 29, 2018, Alex Wenngatz was diagnosed with secondary AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) which is approximately 6.5 years after Alex’s original ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) diagnosis. Alex is currently in treatment that will ultimately require a bone marrow transplant.
Alex and his sister, Ari, were hoping to participate in the kid’s triathlon this summer to raise money for this wonderful organization but those plans have obviously changed. Regardless, the Wenngatz family decided cancer isn't going to take over their lives and worked with the team at Pinky Swear Foundation so Alex, Ari & Juliette can still be virtual racers and raise money for this great cause. Their goal is to raise $6,000 to match Mitch's incredible gift to kids in 2002 (see Mitch's story below) so that many more families in similar situations to Mitch's and ours will always know someone has their back!
The Pinky Swear nation of fundraising kids and their families have a unique opportunity in 2018. If we can raise $300k for the year, a generous family foundation has agreed to match the funds raised up to $300k so let's make it happen!!
We thank you all so much for your generosity and prayers.
The Pinky Swear Story
In December 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 the kids on the pediatric oncology floor at the hospital. After giving all of his money away, Mitch made a pinky swear promise with his dad to always help children with cancer and their families after he was gone. Mitch passed away on April 11, 2003, and shortly afterward, the Pinky Swear Foundation was established by Mitch's parents to honor the promise he made with his dad.