In France, one child out of two is hospitalized before the age of 15. For these children and their parents, a stay in the hospital or even a few hours in the emergency room is often combined with fear and loneliness.
In 1991, the association Le Rire Médecin was founded by Caroline Simonds. She began to recruit clown actors to give hospitalized children the power to play and laugh to better cope with their disease.
For 29 years now, Le Rire Médecin is entertaining hospitalized children to help them overcome their disease.
Acting in 48 pediatric departments in 16 hospitals, over 100 professional clowns now offer each year more than 80,000 personalized shows to children, their families and caregivers.
You can support Le Rire Médecin by donating - once or on a regular basis. You can also leave a gift in your will. Your contribution will have a real impact. Find out more on https://www.leriremedecin.org/
Moreover, the association is always looking for volunteers at their headquarters or to help during events. Find out how to volunteer.
image source: Geraldine Aresteanu