A Pinky Swear is Forever
I now know the true meaning of a pinky swear promise and what it really looks like. When I first heard the story about Mitch Chepokas making his Dad pinky swear promise that he would continue to fight for kids with cancer, I was amazed. Mitch, who was only 9 years old when he made this promise with his Dad, was already thinking about making a difference in the lives of other kids who suffered from the same horrible disease that he did. Mitch was a special kid, but I don’t have to tell any of you that, you already know.
Just think, in just a few days all of you will be competing in the 11th annual MiracleKids Triathlon. For some of you it will be your very first MiracleKids Triathlon and for others it will be a race that you look forward to doing every summer. Did you know that you will be racing in the largest fundraising kids triathlon in the country? And it’s all because of kids like YOU! The MiracleKids Triathlon is much more than just swim, bike, and run. It’s service, it’s health and wellness, it’s fundraising, it’s FUN!
I want to encourage all of you to keep training for your triathlon on Aug. 2 at Lake Nokomis or Aug. 16 at Lake Ann Park. However, I really want to encourage all of you to keep fundraising for your “All Star.” Keep doing those fundraising events and keep sharing Mitch’s pinky swear story. Remember that the big trophies given out at the end of the race aren’t for the kids who have the fastest time, but for the kids who raise the most money.
So CONGRATULATIONS! Congrats on wanting to make a difference and racing for kids who can’t. Promise me you will keep FUNDRAISING for every dollar and keep SHARING Mitch’s Pinky Swear story these last few weeks before your big triathlon!
4-time U.S. Olympic Triathlete