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More than $1 million raised at dinner for ALS

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More than $1 million was donated at the Travelers benefit dinner to help those battling ALS.

The money went to the Bruce Edwards Foundation, which raises money for ALS research.

Bruce Edwards was the longtime caddy of golf legend Tom Watson.

"I promised him before he passed I will continue my life's goal to raise funds for research until this disease is toast and that's what I'm doing here tonight," said Watson.

Edwards was originally from Wethersfield.

Jay Fishman, an executive at Travelers and chairman for the dinner, said ALS is finally getting the attention it needs.

"The disease is coming out of the shadows. It's okay to have ALS. It's okay to talk about it," said Fishman.

Fishman fights his battle with ALS every day. He said incredible progress has been made towards curing the disease.

"I think we are more into the science than we've ever been. There is work going on now that you couldn't have imagined 10 years ago, five years ago. With genetic analysis these is cause for hope," said Fishman.

116 tables were sold for the dinner. More information on the Bruce Edwards Foundation is available here.

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