Doctor, clown and social activist Hunter ‘Patch’ Adams pays a house call to the Finger Lakes area, sponsored by the students of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
December 9, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Dr. Hunter Adams, the real “Patch Adams” portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie that bears his name, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at Smith Opera House on Seneca Street in Geneva. The event is sponsored by the Make-A-Wish club at Hobart and William Smith and the HWS student governments.
Students active in Hobart and William Smith’s Make-A-Wish club invited Adams to campus after deciding he would bring a fitting message of hope, strength and joy to the community. The students work with the national Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise money to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
In working with health and mental health professionals, Adams explores the relationship between humor and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship and hands-on teaching techniques. “I want, as a doctor, to say it does matter to your health to be happy. It may be the most important health factor in your life,” he says.
Adams has worked for more than 30 years to change America’s health care system, which he calls “expensive and elitist.” He is the founder and director of the Gesundheit Institute, a free health facility located in Arlington, Va. More than 15,000 people have received free medical care at the institute.
Tickets will be available beginning Monday, Jan. 13, at the Smith Opera box office, as well as through the Colleges’ Student Life and Leadership Office in Scandling Center. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children. HWS students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with a valid ID.