One of the biggest highlights of my life was “clowning” with the real Patch Adams. I had the opportunity to coordinate the event “Living a Life of Joy” at Kingsbury Hall in May 2008. It was fun to go around the University Hospital dressed up as clowns and see the smiles on the faces of the patients there. (I removed my red nose as it got too itchy). I recollect the moment in this picture quite well as he was a bit sweaty from going all over the hospital and he thought it would be funny to squeeze a bit tighter for the photo!
You may remember Patch Adams from the movie starring Robin Williams. What you may not know is that, over the course of the last two decades, Patch has been on the road for 200-300 days of the year. In 1985, he took a group of people on a clown trip to what was then the Soviet Union. Equipped with colorful clothing and compassion they visited hospitals, orphanages, homes for the elderly as well as just clowning on the street. Since then, these trips have been an integral part of Gesundheit´s global outreach. Patch started the The Gesundheit! Institute, 40 years ago. Continue reading