Humor That Heals
We’re Hospital Caring Clowns with a mission of volunteers dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of hospitalized patients, their families, friends and caregivers. Our clowns complete a comprehensive clown training course on the art of gentle humor. We use therapeutic clowning as a powerful tool to promote the healing process.
Our founder, DR Bumper “T” Clown, served as a volunteer caring clown for over 35 years. His hospital caring clowning career began during a visit to his father in the cardiac unit at Cooper University Hospital in N.J. Dressed in scrubs and a lab coat, DR Bumper “T” Clown entered the hospital to introduce his Rx for cheer. The nurses recognized the positive effect his humor had on the patients and took him throughout the hospital. This amazing gentleman had changed the atmosphere of the hospital with mega doses of smiles, hugs and laughter. By day’s end Bumper “T” had found his calling.
In September of 2001 the first Bumper “T” Caring Hospital Clown class was held at Cooper University Hospital, in Camden N.J. In January of 2002 the Bumper “T” Caring Hospital Clowns decided to take the program “on the road”. In February, 2002, by networking throughout the community, 24 prospective volunteers were welcomed at Lankenau Medical Center, located in Wynnewood, PA, to learn compassionate clowning.