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