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Travelers: An Inspiring Open at TPC River Highlands

The star of Monday's opening ceremonies of the Travelers Golf Championship at TPC River Highlands was 11-year-old Cameron Merritt. Merritt was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma when in kindergarten. He talked about the battles he went through, including the surgeries and the chemotherapy. "I wore my Red Sox cap to cover my bald head," he said. He also talked about his times at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a place established by actor Paul Newman for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. "When I go to camp it's the most wonderful time of the year," he said. "I hope to be a counselor one day."

Road Race Benefits Hole in Wall, Other Charities

The Fairfield Road Races are a non-profit organization that, with the help of its participants, has contributed over $4 million to non-profit groups in the past.
Race Director Steve Lobdell said “This past year alone a record amount of over $400,000 was raised for the Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Operation Gift Cards, John Patrick Flanagan Foundation, Fairfield YMCA and a number of other local charities.”

The Husky Connection to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

University of Connecticut redshirt senior Heather Buck is no stranger to being in the spotlight, as she enters her final year of eligibility for one of the nation’s most prestigious women’s basketball programs. Throughout the summer, Buck volunteered her time at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Based out of Ashford, CT, the Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast.

An Autumn Marathon for the Children of Summer

Jeremiah, 19, didn't feel well one day eleven years ago. While in third-grade at Parkway School, he vomited and lost consciousness. Paramedics rushed him to Greenwich Hospital. Doctors performed emergency surgery and found a malignant brain tumor. "Like someone said, 'Tag, you're it,'" John recalled. "The weight of the world struck at once." But in the northeastern Connecticut town of Ashford, 100 miles away from the McCarthy home, counselors at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp came calling. Actor Paul Newman and his wife, actress Joanne Woodward, founded the camp in 1988 for children with cancer and other serious diseases, for whom it is free of charge. The haven is named for the outlaws in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," but Mary-Beth, John's wife and Jeremiah's mom, just calls it "Shangri-La."