By Tim Saunders on
The Princess of Pop, Britney Spears, made a surprise visit to a children’s hospital in Miami on Saturday to donate to a special initiative.
The singer made a 30-minute visit to 40 sick children at the Miami Children’s Hospital to donate $100,000 to the hospital’s Big Apple Circus Clown Care, a program that brings medically-trained clowns to hospitalized children in at 19 leading pediatric facilities across the United States.
The visit was organized by Pediatric radiologist Ricardo Restrepo and Lee Schrager, Director of Media for Southern Wine and Spirits America, who thought her Circus-themed tour tied in nicely with the Clown Care program.
The Big Apple Circus Care program was established in 1986, and currently engages 97 committed and talented professional artists who conduct clown rounds one to five days a week, year-round, making nearly 250,000 visits to young patients every year. All clown performers are trained in specific hygienic practices and protocols and in special issues related to interacting with hospitalized children. They visit children in both inpatient and outpatient units, including intensive care, emergency room, physical therapy, bone marrow transplant, pediatric AIDS, and hematology/oncology.
More information about the program can be found here.
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