You never know who you're going to meet in the world. During our tour outside of Quito, Ecuador with Urban Adventures, we expected to have an ordinary day sightseeing. The plan was to see condors, hop over to the equator and take in the view of San Pablo Lake.
During one of our stops as we ate some delicious biscuits with sweet caramel butter, our guide talked about the famous doctor that he met the other day. We nodded our heads politely as we continued to eat. It was a little while later when we stopped for lunch that we understood what he was talking about.
We were standing at reception when a bunch of clowns walked in with big smiles on their faces. “Well, that's just odd” we thought. They said hello, asked us where we were from and went on their merry way. It was when the second batch of clowns came in that I had to ask what they were doing here.
A man replied, “Have you Heard of Patch Adams?” Of course I had, Dave and I have both met Robin Williams while working on Jumanji in Vancouver. He was always such a nice and gracious guy. He'd chat with anyone and always made time for his fans. We have a story of seeing Pulp Fiction with him. He stood in line with us and everything! We've continued to be fans of his work.
If you don't know who Patch Adams is, he is a U.S doctor who treats his patients through humour and kindness. His philosophy was so well received that a move was made of his life.
Mr Adams continues his work at the Gesundheit Institute where he lives by his philosophy of health care.
- Care is free.
- Patients are treated as friends.
- Ample time is given to the care interaction (e.g. initial interviews with patients are 3 hours long).
- All complementary medicine is welcomed.
- The health of the staff is as important as the health of the patients.
- Care is infused with fun and play.
So What Is He Doing in Quito?
To find out more about the Gesundheit Institute and the Real Patch Adams visit his website. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook too! Who knows your next vacation could make a difference in a child's life.
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