Travelers using PGA Tour stop to help former CEO battle ALS

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Jay S. Fishman, CEO of The Travelers Companies, speaks at the 2012 Fiscal Summit on May 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

HARTFORD — Travelers and former chief executive Jay Fishman are using next month’s Travelers Championship golf tournament to raise awareness and money to fight the disease taking Fishman’s life.

Fishman, who remains chairman of the board at the insurer, said he’s in “the later innings” of his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, but wants to make a difference for others suffering from the neurodegenerative disease.

The PGA Tour tournament has named the New Britain Hospital for Special Care, where most Connecticut ALS patients receive treatment, as its primary charitable beneficiary this year.

Fishman said the tournament has already raised an additional $1 million for ALS research by selling tables to a dinner featuring golfing legend Tom Watson, whose longtime caddy, Bruce Edwards, died of the disease.