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Rebecca Crowson Memorial Klown Klub & Sunny Side Up

A former breast cancer survivor and patient at Huntsville Hospital, Rebecca Crowson initiated a program to bring laughter, smiles, videotapes and reading materials to cancer patients being treated at Huntsville Hospital. The Sunny Side Up Program became her personal project, encouraging patients to talk about their experiences, laugh and commiserate with others who are being treated or are surviving cancer in all its forms. Please contact the Volunteer Services office to learn more about the Sunny Side Up Program.

After a long personal battle, Rebecca Crowson succumbed to cancer in 1998. In honor of her legacy of helping others, Huntsville Hospital Volunteer Services developed a special program that embodied Rebecca’s belief that laughter truly is the best medicine and formed the Rebecca Crowson Memorial Klown Klub. To date, over 90 Klowns have graduated the program.

Each year, the Klown Klub holds a special six month Klown School to teach others how to bring laughter and a sense of humor to the healing process. Potential Klowns are carefully screened; attend a series of skill training classes in make-up, costuming, magic, juggling, patient safety, and attend other sessions hosted by various guest speakers before graduating from Klown School. After graduating, RCMKK members work with staff in Oncology, Child Life and other in-patient areas of Huntsville Hospital and often get involved with hospital sponsored events in the community. Please contact the Volunteer Services office to learn more about the Rebecca Crowson Memorial Klown Klub and when the next class begins.