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Medical Clown Project

The Medical Clown Project provides therapeutic medical clowning as an integrated component of care for adult and pediatric patients and their families. The medical clowns also benefit the community milieu by lightening the mood of healthcare providers and staff.

    Profile of a Donor

    Helen Dean in front of her store, Toy Safari
    Helen Dean in front of her store, Toy Safari

    Helen Dean is a savvy business-woman who is native of Alameda. Twenty-four years ago, as a school-teacher and mother of three children, she was finding it impossible to make ends meet. This was the impetus to opening her own business, and what could be better than a toy store. “I wanted to start a business, raise my children, earn a living, and give back to my community.”

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    Theatrical Intervention and Humor

    by Sharon B. Sherman, PhD,  Executive Director

    clowns-with-patient_webThe use of “theatrical intervention and humor” in the care of patients has been documented as early as the 13th century. As health care moves from what was considered the “disease model” toward the more “patient-centered health model”, there is an increase in exploring and researching the positive dimensions of health and their healing properties.

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    The Legacy and Loss of Two Great Men

    " When you look up at the stars at night, since I'll be living on one of them, since I'll be laughing on one of them, for you it'll be as if all the stars are laughing. You'll have stars that can laugh!" - The Little Prince, Antoine de Staint-Exupery.

    We lost two great men this year: Dr. Peter Spitzer, of The Humour Foundation in Australia, and Robin Williams, comedian and actor extraordinaire.

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