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March 27, 2006

Patch Adams to visit ULM April 25

On April 25, University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy will kick off its 50-year celebration by welcoming social activist Hunter “Patch Adams.”

Personally touched by the volunteer efforts of ULM students following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Adams chose to speak at ULM and to donate all proceeds to ULM’s Pharmacy Student Emergency Loan Fund and to the Pharmacy Student Resource Center.

Adams, a medical doctor, clown and inspiration for a major motion picture, will speak about “The Joy of Caring” at 6:30 p.m. in Fant-Ewing Coliseum as part of the inaugural William M. Bourn Lecture Series.

Adams’s lecture will illustrate his firm beliefs in the healing power of laughter and love. Quality health care is defined by compassion, Dr. Bill Bourn, ULM director of development in pharmacy, said. “The remarkable career of Patch Adams epitomizes this caring and compassionate stewardship of the knowledge, talents and abilities of health professionals,” he said. “It is our hope that this program will help instill these values into every student in the health professions.”

Adams, the founder and director of the Gesundheit Institute, a medical community with a vision of bringing fun to the health care community, has devoted 30 years to changing America’s health care system.

Tickets, available at Indian Bank and ULM Athletic Ticket Office, are $10.

For additional information and ticket orders, call: 342-3285.

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