Lillie believes that “a healthier environment for patients, families and hospital staff can be enabled by friendship, fun and play.” She will begin her “humanitarian clowning” adventure in December – but this won’t be her first time strapping on a squeaky little bola roja. As it turns out, Lillie is quite the clown act.
“I have the advantage of having volunteered with Gesundheit! Institute for the past eight years as a humanitarian clown and international trip organizer. I went on my first clown trip when I was 17. I had never “clowned” before. I asked Patch Adams, founder of Gesundheit! Institute, “What do I do?”. He had my answer, “Go love ‘em.” After that first trip, I knew I wanted to understand, experience and practice the art and science of care in such a way that allows for the atmosphere, no matter how dark or contaminated, to breathe with a sense of hope and love and humanity (and fun!). Bola Roja is our sister organization in Lima.”
Happy clowning, Lillie! Thanks for sharing your story with us.
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