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Meet Pinky Herrington

At the age 4, “Pinky” was diagnosed with a very rare cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma of the bladder. “Pinky” was a childhood nickname affectionately given to her by her aunt, but once she became sick , her doctors and nurses would hear her parents calling her “Pinky”. In a caring effort to make her feel more comfortable, they decided to call her that as well and even her hospital chart actually says “Pinky Herrington” instead of my birth name.

RMS (Rhabdomyosarcoma) can occur at any age, but it most often affects children. She was treated with an extensive amount of radiation and chemo, and have had over a dozen surgeries. One of which removed the tumor. After all the treatments & surgeries was unsuccessful, and after different doctors from all over the world tried to help her, her parents was told, “it was nothing else we can do”! They gave her only a short time to live. They also granted her one last wish from “Make a wish foundation”, but her parents never accepted that reality, in return they prayed & kept the faith, and now she have been in remission for over 25yrs with no recurrences of cancer.

The Passion behind Pinky Promise

Our aim is to be a motivating force in the lives of children impacted by childhood cancer. Our foundation provides support in the forms of mentorship, hair replacement for those who have experienced hair loss as well as financial funding for community based activities.

Pinky Promises 4 Kids was started when she realized that helping kids was her passion. She has volunteered over the years for foundations & hospitals, and she found joy in helping kids and giving back. Her primary goal for this foundation is to help kids undergoing treatment, or who are in remission, that are having difficulties getting through. She is dedicated to inspiring & motivating the kids along their journey. Creating a fun-fulled environment to help them focus only on being a kid and not what they are going through.

Her bad memory of cancer, is having to wear a “red curly wig” and constantly being picked on by other kids, and even adults. So that no child have to experience what she went through, she also plan to make custom wigs & head pieces for each child. She believes that sharing her story will encourage kids and give them the hope they need to get through. All kids deserve a happy, memorable childhood and she will strive to help each child achieve that.

Pinky Herrington lost her hair to the side effects of chemotherapy… treatments that have so far kept her cancer in remission. The 7 year old comes in every two months for a checkup.

Pinky leans against the X-ray machine that doctors use to check her for tumors. After the examination ends, she reaches for her wig.

Our Vision and Mission

Pinky Promises 4 Kids is a 501c3 non-profit organization that strives to promote strength, self-esteem, courage and confidence in children fighting a terminal illness through mentorship.

Our primary focus is to support the inner child and allow them the freedom to express themselves through art and play. Our promise is to make fun childhood memories one pinky at a time.

Rhabdomysarcoma (RMS or “rhabdo”) is a cancerous tumor that develops in the body’s soft tissues, usually the muscles. It can affect the head, neck, bladder, vagina, arms, legs, trunk, or just about any body part.

Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS)

Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is a rare type of cancer that forms in soft tissue — specifically skeletal muscle tissue or sometimes hollow organs such as the bladder or uterus. RMS can occur at any age, but it most often affects children. Major advancements in the treatment of rhabdomyosarcoma have significantly improved outcomes. After completion of treatment, people need lifelong monitoring for potential late effects of intense chemotherapy and radiation.

Survival Rates

In the last 40 years, the overall survival rate for children’s cancer has increased from 10% to nearly 90% today, but for many more rare childhood cancers, the survival rate is much less.12% of children who are diagnosed with cancer do not survive.60% of children who survive suffer devastating late effects such as secondary cancers, muscular difficulties and infertility.There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States.

Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer is the #1 disease-related cause of death for children in the United States and many other countries. For those who survive, two-thirds will also endure chronic health conditions from the toxic side effects of cancer treatment, including secondary cancers and other life-threatening illnesses.

It is now possible to cure nearly 3 of every 4 children with rhabdomyosarcoma. Based on patient and tumor characteristics, prognostic factors are designated as more or less “favorable”. These factors are also used to determine the best choice of therapy. Although the “unfavorable” forms of cancer require more intensive treatment than “favorable,” all RMS patients need to be treated with chemotherapy. Surgery and/or radiation therapy are inevitably part of the treatment regimen. Click Here is an excellent resource for more information.

Restoring Confidence

One of our most powerful initiatives here at Pink Promises is to provide Hair Replacement alternatives and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, rhabdomyosarcoma, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families. The effects of hair loss go much deeper than just a change in a child’s outward physical appearance. Hair loss can erode a child’s self-confidence and limit them from experiencing life as a normal child.

We rely entirely on the financial donations from individuals and groups to fund our hair replacements. If you are looking for a worthy cause to donate to that will directly benefits children, Pinky Promises is a great choice. Help us by contributing to our online fundraiser and donating now!

Pinky Promise purposes to help one child at a time enjoy a fun-filled life!

We believe there is always HOPE for every child!

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