Club donates to Camp Rising Sun, a pediatric oncology camp.

In late July, Amanda Altieri, a volunteer at Camp Rising Sun, accompanied by a camp participant, Danielle Joyce, thanked the North Haven Rotary Club for their financial support. Camp Rising Sun is a pediatric oncology camp held at Camp Jewell in Colebrook, CT which is offered to children ages 5-17 years old. Their website says it’s “A place where kids with cancer HAVE FUN and SMILE” at no cost to the family. The self described “complete health center” is staffed by 70 volunteers who are screened by the American Cancer Society, in addition to the camp director. The around the clock medical personnel include a doctor and three nurses; and chemotherapy, as well blood work services are provided. 


Stating that there is no talk of illness, just fun with other kids, Danielle said that it is “like a get-a-way from the daily grind” adding, “It is like our second family”. Amanda indicated that since the American Cancer Society no longer funds such camps, donations such as the $500 from the Rotary club, are more important than ever. Numerous activities ranging from water play on Triangle Lake to hiking, playing various ball games, or simply enjoying photography are offered. There are cook outs, horseback riding, and many ways to express a camper’s creativity. The next camping session listed on the schedule ran from August 18-23, 2013. For more information, go to their website at