By Johnny Ferrara and Jack January
Chick-Fil-A has teamed up with Shawnee Mission East and Rockhurst High School to help fight cancer in the Coaches vs Cancer fundraiser. Coaches vs. Cancer is an annual fundraiser held at the Ward Parkway Center Chick-Fil-a. According to Leslie Swyden, the contest has been taking place at the Ward Parkway Center Chick-Fil-a the past 5 or 6 years, and that the results have been generally split. The contest, Coaches vs. Cancer is a national contest that started out raising money for Norm Stewart, a coach at Missouri University. Now, it is a national fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Monday, January 25 until the afternoon of Friday, January 29th leading up to the Lancers’ and Hawklets’ basketball games, twenty percent of all profits made during the allotted time period will go to Pinky Swear Foundation, a local pediatric cancer support organization.
Pinky Swear’s mission is helping kids with cancer and their families with financial and emotional support. The Pinky Swear Foundation was established by Steve and Becky Chepokas in memory of their son, Mitch. 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.
Pinky Swear Foundation eases the financial and emotional experience for children with cancer and their families by providing basic needs support during a very challenging time. Pinky Swear does not limit requests from families, nor discriminate on socioeconomic status. Since Mitch’s death on April 11, 2003, Pinky Swear Foundation has provided more than $4.5 million in financial assistance and quality of life support. They’ve helped thousands of families whose children are bravely battling the ugliness of cancer. Last year $1600 was donated from this friendly rivalry game and is expected to grow this year.