HELPING KIDS WITH CANCER
About Pinky Swear Foundation
Helping kids with cancer and their families with financial and emotional support since 2003. Learn more about our ongoing commitment to the original Pinky Swear promise here.
Ways To Give
Learn more about how you can help families with a child battling cancer by making a gift today. Your donation will be supporting the vision of ‘saying YES to every family when they need help the most – right now.’
Kids Helping Kids
Pinky Swear’s mission is rooted in a 9-year-old boy’s selfless actions to help other kids battling cancer while on his own cancer journey. Today, we continue to empower youth and students of all ages to honor his generous spirit.
They ran further tests and Clo was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma. The doctor set out an 18-month “head to toe” treatment plan that must be followed. Mia and Clo did not leave the hospital for 15 days.
May 2020 was a bittersweet time for Rowan and her mom Rachel. Rachel graduated from veterinary school at the exact same time that 7-month old Rowan was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a type of liver cancer which affects a few very young children.
DIAGNOSIS: Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
In January 2020, Kaleb was diagnosed with AML Leukemia (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia). This is a rapidly progressing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. It was found relatively early and was still showing up only in his bone marrow and not in his blood stream yet. This type of cancer is quite rare and even more so in someone of his age.
DIAGNOSIS: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
Hobbies: Pokemon, drawing, music and making jewelry
Olivia was admitted to the hospital 7 additional times, but 4 were just for high dose chemotherapy. For each of those chemo admissions, she would stay a week. She was turning 9 on October 20th and was given the choice between spending her birthday or Halloween in hospital. She chose her birthday, what a choice for a 9-year to have to make!
DIAGNOSIS: Brain tumor
Hobbies: Museums, music and public speaking
Sheila noticed her daughter, Walasia, was having issues with balance and short-term memory. Then she began slurring her speech and throwing up, prompting Sheila to seek answers. It took a full year of medical investigating to receive the horrific diagnosis: Walasia’s symptoms were being caused by a cancerous brain tumor. “I was worried that my daughter might die; she was so quiet,” said Sheila. “She asked me, ‘Am I going to die?’ I told her that God had her back, and she didn’t ask me again.”
DIAGNOSIS: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Hobbies: Video games, swimming, riding her bike
Although Autumn seems like your average little girl who loves to play Roblox and other video games, go swimming, and ride her bike, everyone who follows her story knows she is anything but average – she is also a cancer fighting warrior. There is good news: Autumn is now looking forward to days of a little less fight, and a lot more fun.
DIAGNOSIS: Brain tumor
“Jackson was a typical three-year-old boy who loved playing outside and learning” explained Jackson’s mom as she described what life was once like for her family. “I stayed home with Jackson and his younger brother, Hayden, and cared for another child as well. I was a full-time student through an online school. My husband worked as a store manager. We were all very involved within our church.”
Hobbies: Sports, school clubs, church groups, and more.
Life at All-Star Megan’s house was filled with constant activity. She, along with her twin sister and her older brother, were involved in everything: sports, school clubs, church groups, and more.
DIAGNOSIS: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
Hobbies: Creating art, making music videos, pulling pranks on her family members, and playing with her cats.
Anja has had anything but an easy journey. After being diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Anja endured years of chemotherapy, followed by relapse of the cancer, weeks in a coma, and hospice care.
Support our Pinky Swear Pantries
There are several opportunities to provide support to the Pinky Swear Pantry. If you are looking to host or support a food drive, volunteer to deliver and stock food, or purchase necessary supplies, learn more below to find all of the information required in helping to change families’ lives.