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Patch Adams spreads message of “Laughter as Medicine” for Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

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Patch Adams shared a message of joy, hope and wisdom with families struggling with pediatric cancer on Thursday.
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) aims to bring smiles, hope and support to local families battling pediatric cancer. It’s fitting that the keynote speaker at this year’s Little Heroes Breakfast was Patch Adams, notable physician, clown and social activist who became a household name after the 1998 film with his name starring Robin Williams.

The Little Heroes Breakfast is one of Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s signature events named for the “little heroes” facing childhood cancer that they support.

The breakfast was held at The Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort Thursday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Having Patch Adams as the keynote speaker was exciting to the staff at TBCF who said they strongly believe that no family should ever have to deal with childhood cancer alone.

“Dr. Adams’ message of ‘laughter as medicine’ resonates deeply with us here. We try so hard to bring a little bit of light to our families whenever and in whatever way we can, not just during the holidays,” said Gisselle Madrigal, TBCF’s Family Resource Specialist. “We offer monthly support groups and during those groups we talk, we cry and, believe it or not, we laugh. It’s so important that we remember to focus on what’s possible and to keep hope alive.”

To learn more about the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and any of their future events, you can visit their website at

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