Support ClownVets with a small donation. Your gift will help allow combat veterans the opportunity to reconnect with their loving, playful self. All the funds raised go toward airfare, room and board, and organizing the events while in Guatemala.
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This clown trip takes service members (active, non-active, veteran) on a one-week therapeutic clowning excursion in Guatemala City. Clowns from the Gesundheit! Institute join with military service members to share in humanitarian clowning. Together we engage in daily excursions to deliver fun, peace, and play to those in dire need of a loving presence.
Participants are supported to find their own clown within, and the workshops/activities programmed upon arrival equip the participant with the clown tools needed to make loving connections with those we are there to serve. We visit hospitals, health care clinics, residences, and orphanages to clown for patients and their caregivers. It’s a hoot!
This event has such a profound healing aspect for the participant we don’t want money to get in the way. Therefore, we are asking for your help to contribute to this project. With a goal of $30,000, we will be able to help 10 combat veterans travel to Guatemala City.
Take a gander at what the trip looks like and how it affected the lives of participants in our first two pilot years of running the program. Geseundheit! Institute, in partnership with many collaborators, created a documentary film to invite you to join us on a trip – we’d love to have you!
I am a World War II baby, May 28th, 1945. My first 16 years I grew up on military bases, mostly out of the US. The only people I knew were on the Army base. My father fought most of World War 2, and all of Korea, and I remember him coming home from Korea a shell of a man. He never recovered. I know you can recover—I believe in you, and the power of love and fun are enchanting.
Let’s give it a go.
Patch Adams MD & Gesundheit Institute, P.O. Box 307, Urbana, IL 61803
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If you have ever felt positive about this project and agree with us that it should continue, we hope you'll be able to step up and donate some amount to help us keep going. Thank You!