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TRAVELERS: Strong field of players, strong commitment to one local camp

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Opening ceremonies kicked off here in Cromwell and even though organizers highlighted the strong field of players coming this year, they also talked about the strong work they do in the community.

Not only did she tee off with the governor this morning, Katie Joiner walked up to the podium and told her story.

“I was laying in my hospital bed, not able to move,” said Joiner.

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She was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma which is a rare form of bone cancer in her right leg. She had chemotherapy, an amputation. After she healed physically, she credits the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford to bringing her back emotionally.

“For that weekend, I got to be a regular kid again and that wasn’t only an amazing experience for me but for my whole family,” said Joiner.

That camp is the primary charity that benefits from the Travelers Championship. About 150 non-profits do. It’s part of the reason why after Bubba Watson won last year he made a generous donation.

Alan Schnitzer from Travelers said, “Bubba walked up shook our hands and said, ‘Congratulations on raising $1.8 mil., why don’t we make it an even $200,000.'”

Watson will be back joining some other big PGA golf stars including Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Phil Michelson and Jordan Spieth.

So with Monday’s opening ceremony, it kicks of more than a week of events at the TPC River Highlands generating millions for the state, charities, and hopefully helping more kids like Joiner.

Joiner said, “I want more kids to have the same experience that I did. I want other kids like me to get the experience to be a regular kid.”

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WEB EXTRA: Travelers Tower in Hartford lit up with images of players in celebration of the Travelers Championship on Monday, June 17.

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