source: Pinky Swear Foundation
In an effort to spread the word about our online store I stumbled upon the Pinky Swear Foundation which stopped me in my tracks.
This story deeply touched me and I felt compelled to share it with my readers.
This organization uses an “Orange Envelope” campaign to assist families who get blindsided by a cancer diagnosis. It’s a life altering experience when one of your kids has to deal with cancer.
The full story is here Pinky Swear Mission & Story.
How It All Started
In December of 2001, Mitch Chepokas was 9 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and his prognosis was grim.
During a stay in the hospital he overheard another family talking about their financial struggles that he implored his Dad to take him to the bank to withdraw his savings.
Then they put the money into individual envelopes and left them on nightstands, slid them under doors and Mitch signed each one with his name along with XOXOXO.
He expressed to his Dad how this made him so happy that he wanted to do it again next year.
His Dad had to tell him that he might not make it to next year.
I can’t imagine that moment.
MItch then made his Dad pinky promise that he would do all he could for kids with cancer after he was gone and his Dad kept his promise. In the Spring of 2003 Steve and his wife Becky started the Pinky Swear Foundation.
It is such a sobering story. It took a brave selfless 9 year old who used his own money in envelopes to help ease the burden of other families.
Today The Pinky Swear Foundation has helped over 15,000 families and has raised over 15,000,000 dollars.
As i said above, to honor Mitch’s envelope idea they have a program called “Orange Envelope”.
Enclosed families receive a;
I applaud Steve and Becky Chepokas for honoring their son’s memory with a pinky promise. His heroic efforts has helped so many families. He will not be forgotten.
Consider supporting this great cause by going to their support page.
https://www.pinkyswear.org/donate and you too can make a difference.
Thanks for taking the time to read and taking action.