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Beads of Courage Visits Palmetto Health Children's Hospital
03/04/2013
Media Contacts:
Tammie Epps, Media Relations Manager
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
803-434-4903 office or Tammie.Epps@PalmettoHealth.org

Colin Smith, Beads of Courage, Inc.
678-852-3022 or csmith@beadsofcourage.org

Beads of Courage® and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Bring Patients at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Giggles & Smiles

Visit highlights Beads of Courage® Clown Beading Experience in Columbia, SC

WHO Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Ambassadors of Laughter
Patients at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

WHAT
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents DRAGONS will celebrate the healing power of laughter in a fun and exciting afternoon at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in preparation for their performances at the Colonial Life Arena on March 7-10. Kids will be able to joke around with the clowns and maybe even learn a couple of circus tricks! In addition to being treated to a performance by the hilarious Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown Alley, the kids will participate in different stations with activities relating to the characteristics of the DRAGON:
**COURAGE: Beads of Courage Circus beading kit
**HEART: Will show affection by making a card for a friend, nurse, family member or loved one
**WISDOM: Test your knowledge of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus trivia
**STRENGTH: Balancing and Juggling skills

WHEN
Wednesday, March 6 starting at 1 p.m.

WHERE
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
7 Richland Medical Park Columbia, SC

FUN FACTS
Tickling our funnybones is so important that scientists have found that laughter can be a form of internal aerobics that exercises the body and stimulates the release of beneficial brain neurotransmitters and hormones. Children on average laugh 400 times a day, while adults laugh a mere 15 times a day. By learning to smile and laugh again, more easily and often, we could have a profound and positive effect on our health and well-being. Positive outlook and laughter is actually good for our health!

ABOUT PALMETTO HEALTH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital was the first children’s hospital in South Carolina and celebrates its 30th birthday this year. Children’s Hospital has more than 30 pediatric subspecialties including pulmonology, cardiology, surgery, oncology, nephrology, neonatology, anesthesiology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, critical care and others. A major pediatric referral center for children from all 46 counties in South Carolina, Children’s Hospital treats more than 80,000 children each year. Visit www.palmettohealth.org/childrenshospital

ABOUT RINGLING BROS.
Ringling Bros. has the privilege of visiting hospitals in most of the cities they visit each year. Ringling Bros. will be at the Colonial Life Arena presenting DRAGONS on March 7-10. For more information, visit www.Ringling.com.

ABOUT BEADS OF COURAGE
Beads of Courage, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that strengthens resilience and coping in children coping with serious illness through innovative arts-in-medicine programs. Through the Beads of Courage Program, children are given beads to represent significant treatment milestones during their journey. Beads of Courage programs have helped thousands of children and their families at over 90 hospitals record, tell and own their stories of courage. More information is available at www.beadsofcourage.org.