Fundraiser in honor of Charlie Capalbo to benefit pediatric cancer foundations

On April 29, the community and performers are uniting for the cause again in an evening of song and dance -- a benefit concert to support pediatric cancer foundations.

Calen Razor

Apr 19, 2023, 8:08 PM

Updated 365 days ago

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Fundraiser in honor of Charlie Capalbo to benefit pediatric cancer foundations
One year since 23-year-old Charlie Capalbo lost his fourth battle with cancer, the fight in memory of him and for those fighting cancer today lives on.
On April 29, the community and performers are uniting for the cause again in an evening of song and dance -- a benefit concert to support pediatric cancer foundations.
Capalbo's story drew national attention from his initial diagnosis in 2017 with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The former Fairfield hockey goalie received an overwhelming amount of support during his five-year bout with both four rounds of cancer and three rounds of leukemia. A GoFundMe page organized by a Capalbo family friend has raised more than $500,000 since 2017. Since his passing a month before his 24th birthday, his parents have dedicated themselves to efforts like the upcoming benefit.
"Before he died, we promised him that we would always do our part to raise funds for research so that someday no child is ever told there are no more treatment options," says Jenny Capalbo, Charlie's mother.
The evening is sponsored by the Parker Project and the Rockwell Dance Center. Tickets are $25 and donations are encouraged throughout the night. Each donation made in Charlie's name will go to two local charities for pediatric cancer: Liv Free and Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer.
Liv Free dedicates itself to helping kids fight cancer by providing them and their families with an experience to give them a break from treatment. Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer provides research grants to the country's leading hospitals as well as financial support to cancer patients. Both organizations gifted Capalbo and supported him during his lengthy stay at Boston Children's Hospital.
Hosted at Trumbull High School, money raised from the concert will also fund the Steven A. Merrihew (SAM) Scholarship. It is awarded to graduating seniors from Trumbull High who plan to continue their studies in performing arts or communications in college.
Capalbo's parents will continue to fulfill their promise to him the night friends come out in support. Showgoers will see performances from Trumbull High's Dance Team, guest hip-hop artists, indie-folk group The Alternate Routes, as well as ballet/hip-hop/modern segments by Rockwell Dance Center. Norwalk Graffiti artist Fivefingaz will also contribute to the benefit, raffling off some of his framed pieces. Making it a night for the world of arts and sports to come together, a few players on the Fairfield Ludlowe co-op hockey team will kick the event off with a stick tap in honor of Capalbo. And his parents -- Jenny and Anthony -- will share some words on the benefit stage as well.
"Charlie's battle built an immense community of supporters, and it was important to him that after he was gone, that community went on to always give back to people who were fighting the things that he fought," says Harrison Jarit, Capalbo's cousin and event organizer. "So, don't just say that you were inspired by Charlie. Be inspired by taking action, showing up, doing something to actually help kids who are still fighting for their lives!"
Doors open at 7 p.m. at Trumbull High. The Parker Project and Rockwell Dance Center are hoping to hold the event yearly -- not only to continue to honor and remember the life of Charlie Capalbo, but also to continue to dedicate resources to ending cancer.


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