ASHFORD, Conn. (AP) – The head of a camp founded by Paul Newman to benefit critically ill children says it will be unaffected by the actor’s health.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp dedicated a new miniature golf course at its Ashford site Saturday.

Earlier this week, A.E. Hotchner, a longtime neighbor and business partner of Newman’s, confirmed to The Associated Press that the 83-year-old actor told him about 18 months ago he was battling cancer. A publicist for Newman said only that he is “doing nicely.”

James Canton, executive director of the camp, said Saturday that the camp was set up to operate regardless of Newman’s health.

And J. Michael Smiles, chief development officer for the camp, says news of Newman’s illness has brought more attention to the actor’s charitable work.

AP-ES-06-14-08 1550EDT

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