Pinky Swear Foundation

Our Mission

Pinky Swear Foundation's mission is to help kids with cancer and their families with financial and emotional support. 


The Original Pinky Swear Promise

Just before nine-year-old Mitch passed away from bone cancer, he made his father pinky swear promise to always help kids with cancer even after he was gone. 


Mitch was nine years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. When he was in the hospital in December, he overheard the family next to him having a discussion that there would not be enough money for Christmas that year. Mitch looked at his dad and said, “This isn’t fair. How much money do I have in the bank?” Steve helped Mitch into his wheelchair and took him to the bank. Mitch withdrew all the money he had in his savings account and put it in envelopes for the kids on the pediatric oncology floor at the hospital. He signed each envelope, “Love Mitch. XOXOXO” Before nine-year-old Mitch Chepokas passed away, he made a pinky swear with his dad to continue to help children with cancer and their families. Since his death in 2003, Pinky Swear Foundation has provided more than $16 million in financial assistance and quality-of-life support. We’ve helped thousands of families whose children are bravely battling cancer.
What Now:

Three programs to serve families

Orange Envelope, All-Star Fund, and Pinky Swear Pantries provide support for families during different times throughout the cancer journey. The goal is the same: provide financial support for housing, food, and transportation to families battling childhood cancer.

Orange Envelope
All-Star Fund
All-Star Max holding an orange envelope from Pinky Swear Foundation sitting on the ouchc
All-Star Kylie in a hospital bed holding a dog
A Pinky Swear Volunteer with a cart of food to give to the Levine Children's Hospital Pinky Swear Pantry
Our Vision

Pinky Swear Foundation's vision is to say 'Yes!' to every family.

Because of donors, supporters, and fundraisers like you, we can say "yes" to even more families to financially support them with housing, food and transportation costs during one of the hardest moments of their lives.

Pinky Swear Foundation Values

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Pinky Swear Foundation

Pinky Swear Foundation is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and welcoming space for the families we serve, staff, volunteers, and donors. We believe that just and fair inclusion creates a community for all those impacted by childhood cancer, and our values of compassion, collaboration, and celebration guide everything we do.
Our team lives and breathes our mission and values daily.