CPTV Marks the 25th Year of Paul Newman’s Camp for Seriously Ill Children with a New Documentary

Release Date: 09/20/2013

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Contact: Lee Newton

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 CPTV Marks the 25th Year of Paul Newman’s Camp for Seriously Ill Children with a New Documentary,

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: A Different Kind of Healing

Premieres Friday, September 27 at 8:30 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), with encore broadcasts on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 at 12:30 p.m.

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (September 13, 2013) – In 1988, legendary actor and philanthropist Paul Newman – looking to acknowledge the luck of life, its benevolence in his life and brutality in the lives of others – created The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp where seriously ill children could feel like kids again. The Camp’s 25th anniversary is recognized in a new CPTV documentary that tells its story through the eyes of four children and their families.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: A Different Kind of Healing illustrates how the fun, acceptance and community of Camp programs break through the isolation of serious illness to provide a unique healing experience. Narrated by actor and Camp board member James Naughton, the 30-minute program premieres Friday, September 27 at 8:30 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), with encore broadcasts on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 29 at 12:30 p.m.

“The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s 25th anniversary is an exciting milestone, and we are thrilled to have CPTV help us celebrate by sharing the inspirational stories of four of our campers and their families,” said CEO Jimmy Canton, who was a counselor when the Camp first opened in 1988. “This documentary will allow viewers a rare glimpse into the special hideout that Paul Newman created for seriously ill children while also showing how the Camp has evolved its services to provide wrap-around care to families throughout the Northeast year-round.”

 

The documentary takes viewers through the early history of the Camp and then, through the featured campers’ experiences, tells the touching story of how the Camp positively impacts the lives of its campers and families throughout the year.  

 

Those campers include:

 

·         Bennett: a nine-year-old boy recently diagnosed with a high-risk case of leukemia

·         Danielle and Tesi'ah: two 16-year-old girls living with sickle cell disease, who formed a lifelong friendship after meeting at the Camp

·         Daniel: a 15-year-old senior camper who lives with thalassemia, a chronic blood disease that requires monthly hospital visits and treatments 

Founded in 1988 in Ashford, Connecticut, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was the realization of a dream Paul Newman had to return the fun of being a kid to seriously ill children. During its first season in 1988, 288 children experienced the joy of camp. Now over 20,000 children and their families are embraced with camp spirit, and it's healing power all year-round. It is the type of environment where every kid can, in Paul’s words, “raise a little hell.”

 

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: A Different Kind of Healing is made possible in partnership with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

 

About CPTV
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit cptv.org


The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: A Different Kind of Healing is a CPTV original documentary.
Producer/Director/Writer: Sara Conner
Narrator: James Naughton
Editor: Arnie Harchik
Executive Producer: Jennifer Boyd

 

 

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