Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® and Beads of Courage® Bring Fun-Filled ‘Dragon Games’ to Patients at Diamond Children’s

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
 “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Dragons” will celebrate the healing power of laughter in a fun and exciting afternoon at The University of Arizona Medical Center - Diamond Children’s. Hospitalized children will meet Ringling Bros. 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 children will participate in different stations with activities relating to the characteristics of the DRAGON:
o   COURAGE: Beads of Courage Circus beading kit
o   HEART: Will show affection by making a card for a friend, nurse, family member or loved one
o   WISDOM: Will test their knowledge of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus trivia
o   STRENGTH: Balancing and juggling skills
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. In fact, 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.
Beads of Courage, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that strengthens resilience 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 more than 90 hospitals record, tell and own their stories of courage. More information is available at www.beadsofcourage.org.  
“Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents DRAGONS”will play the Tucson Convention Center from June 21–24. For more information, visit www.Ringling.com