Max Cure Foundation Spin, Carnival Nigh

Jim Stewart
Jim Stewart Jack Graves

    The Max Cure Foundation will benefit on Aug. 13 from a two-hour B-East adult spin class and a boot camp/obstacle course for kids at Amagansett Square — a tune-up for the third Roar for a Cure carnival the following Saturday at the East Hampton Indoor/Outdoor tennis club in Wainscott.
    The foundation was set up in 2007 to fund pediatric cancer research when 4-year-old Max Plotkin, the grandson of a part-time Amagansett resident, Richard Plotkin, was diagnosed with a rare form of B-cell lymphoma.
    In related news, more than $120,000 was raised recently through a Ryder Cup-style golf tournament at Purchase’s Old Oaks course in which a Max Cure team that included six caddies from the East Hampton Golf Club and a team representing the Babies Heart Fund vied.
    This year’s carnival at the Indoor/Outdoor club will be dedicated to Katy Stewart, the late daughter of Jim and Brigid Collins Stewart of Sag Harbor, who was 12 when she died this winter of a rare form of liver cancer. Max Plotkin is in remission, “after two years of heavy-duty chemo,” his grandfather said last week.
    The Stewart and Plotkin families, who might not otherwise have met, were brought together as the result of their children’s struggles with cancer, and in short order became fast friends and partners in raising money aimed ultimately at finding a cure for pediatric cancer, and, in the meanwhile, finding more effective treatments.
    In the past few years, according to Mr. Plotkin, the Max Cure Foundation has contributed $730,000 to “a first-of-its-kind cell therapy laboratory” at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City; $225,00 has been “earmarked . . . to fund novel research in pediatric cancer,” and more than $250,000 “has been contributed to other pediatric cancer causes.”
    For B-East’s family-friendly Beast Roar fund-raiser at Amagansett Square on the 13th, 50 RealRyder bikes will be available to participants, at $75 per bike/per hour. The event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Donors will be able to ride for one or two hours, and while they do children will walk on balance beams, climb walls, toss basketballs, swing on ropes over water, crawl under netting, race with eggs on spoons, jump through rings, and run with tires. The free children’s boot camp and obstacle course activities — there will also be a face painter, bobbles for toddlers to climb, and snow cones — “will be monitored for age appropriateness.”
    The carnival, to be known as This Roar’s for Katy, will be held at the Indoor/Outdoor Club from 2 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 20. The Stewarts — he is a longtime teacher and coach at East Hampton High School and she is an assistant principal at the Montauk School — are among the event’s chairs. A scholarship fund they’ve set up in their daughter’s memory at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor — and which the Stewarts hope to expand to other schools on the East End — is to receive a portion of the proceeds.
    “Pediatric cancer in this country is incredibly underfunded,” Mr. Plotkin has said. “Twelve thousand five hundred a year are diagnosed, 3,000 a year die from it. . . . I’ve virtually dedicated my life now to this cause.”