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  • Pinky Swear Foundation

    by Representative Erik Paulsen

    Posted on 2015-12-10

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    PAULSEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. PAULSEN. Mr. Speaker, the pinky swear promise is a universal symbol to keep one's promise and one's word. For the Pinky Swear Foundation, keeping that promise means helping children who are battling cancer and their families.

    The foundation's work was actually started 12 years ago, after 9- year-old Mitch Chepokas of Chanhassen, Minnesota, had been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer and, while in his hospital room, overheard others discussing that there would not be enough money for Christmas that year.

    Mitch decided that he would give away all of his money to those families so they could celebrate the holidays, and he made his father pinky swear to continue to make sure that they will [[Page H9214]] help children with cancer after he was gone.

    Today the Chepokas family has been joined by others in the community and around the country who have agreed to help keep this promise and help in the fight against cancer. The Pinky Swear Foundation has raised millions of dollars for different events for this cause.

    Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is Pinky Swear Day and a great time to recognize the wonderful work of this foundation. Mitch's bravery, selflessness, and heart continue to live on to help others.


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