The New Canaan PeachWave, at 11 Forest St., will donate 20 percent of its proceeds Tuesday, June 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. to the Camp Rising Sun cycling team, which is riding in the 10th annual CT Challenge bike ride.
The CT Challenge, which takes place Saturday, July 26, is an annual event that raises money for cancer survivorship programs in Connecticut. In 2006, it provided the funds to start the adult cancer survivorship clinic at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Additionally, it also opened the Center for Survivorship in Fairfield, which offers yoga, Pilates, spin classes and personal training for cancer survivors and their caregivers. The organization continues to fund survivorship programs at Norwalk Hospital, St. Vincent's College and others.
Camp Rising Sun, in its 31st year, is for children who have been diagnosed with, or undergoing treatment for, cancer. Children ages 5 to 17 attend camp free of charge. It is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers and funded by private and public donations. The camp, staffed by volunteer counselors, has a pediatric oncologist and four nurses on campus 24 hours a day to tend to medical needs.
2013 marked the first time that Camp Rising Sun organized a team to ride in the CT Challenge, according to Scott Capozza, a camp counselor, cancer survivor and CT Challenge rider and volunteer.
"Sixty percent of what our team raises comes back to camp, while the other 40 percent supports the many programs of the CT Challenge," Capozza said.
Last year, 12 riders raised almost $9,000, of which nearly $6,000 was given back to the camp.
"We are looking to increase our team's size and also increase our fundraising efforts. With PeachWave's help, we hope to do both," he said.
Heather Lewis, community outreach director for Peachwave frozen yogurt, said Capozza "brought the idea of Camp Rising Sun and his CT Challenge ride before me with hopes of teaming up to work toward his goal and also raise awareness. After chatting with Scott and hearing his compassion for these causes, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to have our New Canaan store, that only recently opened, host its first `give-back' event.
"Peachwave is happy to support local groups and share our amazing spaces. I hope we are able to raise awareness of CT Challenge and Camp Rising Sun and also encourage other local groups to utilize all nine of our stores in southern Fairfield and Westchester counties for such positive causes. I'm looking forward to a fun, successful evening."