Ambassador of Laughter Spreads Smiles at UVA Children's Hospital
A group of patients at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital got a large dose of laughs Monday.
The Ambassador of Laughter with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus stopped in Charlottesville for a special visit.
JMan the Clown is swinging into town to spread the word about an upcoming show next month. Monday morning, he brought a little of the circus to those that might not be able to attend.
The Ambassador of Laughter showed off some of his circus skills in the hospital's classroom.
“They got to see a little juggling because the J in my name stands for the juggle man and I got to do a little comedy and just playing around and being silly and just having a little fun,” he said.
JMan the Clown travels the country to bring a snippet of a Ringling Brothers show to children who likely can't make it for the fun. He says his goal is to spread some smiles with his tricks.
“The whole reason why I got into clowning is because it makes people happy, and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is always committed to making happiness throughout the country," he said.
Two-year-old Madalyn Dooley, who has been in and out of the hospital since September for acute myeloid leukemia, got to enjoy the program. Her mom, Tatum, says seeing Madalyn smile brightens up their stay.
“She likes the volunteer clowns that come here to the hospital,” Tatum Dooley said. “The best part is definitely to see her laugh and smile because she’s so happy, and just to see someone other than Mommy and Daddy bring and make her smile and laugh just makes me feel good.”
The Ringling Brothers will be performing at John Paul Jones Arena from May 1-4. The Ambassador of Laughter says there will be special behind-the-scenes access for families that come early.
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