Team Streater Celebrates Pinky Swear’s Triathlon Kickoff Party
Rod heard about the Pinky Swear Foundation and knew that he wanted to help. With his mom having passed away from breast cancer, he understood the financial challenges that families are dealt with when someone has cancer. Rod promised his mom that he would continue to give back to the community, similar to the “pinky swear” promise that Mitch’s dad made to Mitch. Since the Kids Triathlon is during the Chiefs Training Camp, Rod offered to come to the Kids’ Triathlon Kickoff Party to meet the kids who are raising monies for kids who can’t.
Team Streater offered words of Hope and Courage to the Pinky Swear All-Stars: Tyler, Mathew and Koby and recognized last year’s top fundraisers, Kai and Layla, who each raised over $1,000. They received a personally autographed Team Streater t-shirt and Rod issued a challenge to all of kids participating in the Triathlon: Anyone raising $500 or more can be a member of Team Streater. Rod concluded the party by signing autographs, posing for pictures, tossing a football, donning a “Love Your Melon” beanie, playing on the playground, and scoring a touchdown for the Pinky Swear Foundation!
Before nine-year old Mitch Chepokas died from cancer, his dad made a pinky swear promise with him to continue to help children with cancer and their families by providing immediate needs support and unique family programs.The Pinky Swear Foundation eases the financial and emotional impacts experienced by families during a very challenging time. Cancer is not a one-day thing…It is hard to imagine what life is like to have a child going through cancer; cancer affects the whole family. That’s why our programs are so important. We do not limit requests from families, nor discriminate on socioeconomic status. When cancer enters life, the simple, everyday things aren’t so simple anymore.