year totaled $1.5 million. Fourteen percent of the proceeds will go to the Hospital for Special Care.Fishman, who was diagnosed

HARTFORD, Conn. http:///...sures-de-tennis.html . -- Jay Fishman finds it more comfortable these days to use a wheelchair to get around, and has begun getting some help breathing from a portable ventilator.The former Travelers CEO says hes in the final innings of his battle with Lou Gehrigs disease, the terminal neurodegenerative condition also called ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. But Fishman says he has no plans to slow down.He still goes to work almost daily in his role as board chairman -- even though he stepped down in December -- and is preparing for next months Travelers Championship PGA Tour golf tournament at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. He and the company are using this years tournament as a megaphone to raise money and awareness about ALS.If I contemplated a retirement, it was going to be different from this, but it wasnt going to be sitting on a beach, he said in an interview with The Associated Press. I always wanted to stay active and involved.Fishman has been doing that through philanthropy.Hes helped fund a national project that is gathering information from hundreds of ALS patients to try and better understand the variations of the disease and how to fight it.Hes raised money for a Boston Childrens Hospital project that banks the voices of ALS patients. When they lose the ability to speak, they can use computers that will speak for them in their own voices. He and his wife recently gave $3 million to fund a University of Pennsylvania project that helps patients with at-home respiratory care.You can be a skeptic and say, `Well, the only reason hes doing it is that he has the disease, Fishman said. The answer is, `Yeah, of course. If not me than who? If Im not going to reflect all the good things that have happened to me in my life and find a way to plow that back to help people deal with what I personally know is a horrible disease, then shame on me.Fishman is under no illusions that what hes doing will save his life. What he is trying to do, he said, is move the needle toward a cure and make the lives of other ALS patients a little better. Thats where the golf tournament comes in.At Fishmans behest, the tournament, which donates 100 percent of its net proceeds to charity, has made New Britains Hospital for Special Care, which treats most of the ALS patients in Connecticut, as its primary charitable beneficiary this year.This is going to provide us with additional funding to help hire more people in the clinical operation and also to expand our clinical trials program, said Dr. Kevin Felice, the hospitals chief of neuromuscular medicine.The tournament also is providing tickets to patients and their families. They will get valet parking and tournament officials are also building a large, wheelchair-friendly tent for them to watch the action and providing special dining options to accommodate those who have trouble swallowing -- a common problem for ALS patients.Players, caddies and tournament officials will wear red commemorative ribbons reading, Carry On, something Fishman is known to say when talking about the disease.Once Jay announced what he was battling, it made perfect sense for us to partner with them to fight this disease, said Nathan Grube, the tournaments director.The Travelers has already raised an additional $1 million for the Bruce Edwards Foundation, an ALS charity, by selling tables to a dinner during the tournament featuring a talk by golfing legend Tom Watson. Edwards, who was from Wethersfield and Watsons long-time caddie, died of the disease.The Travelers Championships previous primary charity, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with serious illnesses, will continue to be a charitable partner, and more than 140 charities will benefit from money raised, which last year totaled $1.5 million. Fourteen percent of the proceeds will go to the Hospital for Special Care.Fishman, who was diagnosed in 2014, says the progression of the disease has forced him to work at home on Fridays, but he plans to stay on the job until he can no longer contribute.The pleasure I get now is from understanding that my efforts are at least helping other people, he said. I make sure I finish each day with a martini or a glass of wine and thank God for giving me another day. http:///...lanc-chaussures.html . The Oilers come in having lost five in a row (0-4-1) and 16 of their last 20 games, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. http:///...ning-chaussures.html .J. -- Josh Cribbs was in the Pro Bowl in February and out of a job six months later. http:///...ght-arctic-rose.html . -- Playing time has been limited for Maxim Tissot this season, so the Montreal Impact defender made the most of his first scoring opportunity on Saturday. HOUSTON -- A person familiar with J.J. Watts condition said the Houston Texans star defensive end has had back surgery and will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity because the team hasnt confirmed the surgery or Watts roster status.Watt, the NFL sacks leader last season with 17 1/2, will miss the start of training camp, but is expected to be ready for the season opener.Watt spent most of thhe offseason recovering after having surgery to repair a groin injury in January. http:///...noir-game-royal.html. .His performance last season helped the Texans to their first playoff berth since 2012 and gave him his second straight Defensive Player of the Year Award.The surgery was first reported by ESPN.---AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 

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