Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms

by SOLEIL ROUGE
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Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms

Clowns.

When we think about clowns

We think about circus

We think about performance

We think about laughing

We think about red noses

We think about happy kids

We do not think about illness

We do not think about hospital

And yet, when your sick child is at hospital

You start thinking about

Laughing

Smiling

Being moved

Being supported

Thanks to the” Soleil Rouge clowns”, Yvan and myself, his mother, have been able to endure hard times.

For three years I was waiting, with some impatience, to hear these weird partners’ voices and laughers

The clowns are not here for kids only

They are also very important for parents

 

Writen by Catherine, Yvan’s Mother

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Soleil Rouge Clowns team
Soleil Rouge Clowns team

When you are barely two years old and you find yourself, one day to the next,  in an isolated, sterile room, where everything is sanitized and where your parents can not even hug or kiss you other than through a mask, no need to tell you that life has just robbed you of a part of your childhood ...

And all this without even mentioning the treatments, the pipes to which you are connected and drugs that make you half nuts.

Yet this childhood, it is yours. In spite of everything.

At the hospital, a lot of people help you keeping some of childhood, playing, being gentle, smiling. Yes, there were really a lot of smiles.

But how to live fully your little boy life if each microbe is a danger, if you cannot put your fingers in the nose without risk, or if an overflowing diaper causes complete cleaning of your little universe, and the Daddy's or Mom's catastrophic outlook?

At first, I did not like clowns. They scared me. And then we tamed each other.

Through the window, then in front of my bed – hat and overalls on top of their incredible clothes - and finally  to be there with me in difficult times.

With the clowns we could finally be in the kingdom of pee poo! We could finally exit this room without leaving it.

We had a lot of laughs, one day, when in the middle of a lumbar puncture, they bottled farts under my leadership! That day it was the Court of Miracle around me! A big load of rubbish, but, all the same, a miracle. A big load of rubbish in controlled world.

 All that  may happen because the Soleil Rouge clowns are not just clowns. They are wizards in the team, of those who offer the transgression, of those who make us children well before being sick.

And that's why we love them so much.

Oscar and his parents.

Dolly and Groom
Dolly and Groom
Meeting in Grenoble Hospital corridor
Meeting in Grenoble Hospital corridor

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Soleil Rouge Clowns team
Soleil Rouge Clowns team

Here after the interviews collected during an evaluation session in the department of Pediatric Oncology

Michael : You are very well medically trained, and you are an integral part of our unit. You are perfectly observing hygiene rules, you see that you are professionals, there is nothing to say! Furthermore, you bring lightness into the Hospital life.

Sara: You are doing the "happiness" part, it's up most  important, while we, the nursing staff, have no time to spend in relationship with children and parents. We are rather technicians, it is a little bit frustrating but that’s life, and so your presence in our department is really crucial. You are competent and can be trusted.

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Soleil Rouge Clowns in Oncologic care service
Soleil Rouge Clowns in Oncologic care service

Soleil Rouge…Three years ago, without really knowing them, these two words evoked the image of these clowns who are visiting the rooms of sick children. These little children with not a single hair on their head and who had to face the sickness.

 

When you become a parent, you are very far from imagining that one day it is your child who will be on this hospital bed, that it is at your door that these clowns will come to strike ... And that day, the encounter is violent. Anger at the diagnosis of the sickness and the cruel path of our lives explodes on our faces as we see them approaching our little child.

 

When the diagnosis was declared for our son, Tommy,  we had great difficulty to appreciate the clowns ... he was afraid and we got angry. Little by little, we understood that, far from representing the sickness, they personified the life and the joy of living. They allowed us to tell ourselves that despite the distress, the treatments, the beep-beep of the infusions, we had the right to smile ... just smiling.

 

Tommy quickly surpassed his fear and our anger fell down... seeing his face lit up when he heard the instruments announcing the arrival of the clowns or even seeing him straighten up at full speed in his bed to try to see a red nose or a wacky outfit ... it became very clear ... they were our allies, our little puffs of happiness and smiles in the middle of chemotherapies.

 

For more than 3 years of treatments, their pitches of madness helped us to find strength on worse days and allowed us to forget, for a moment, the negative effects of treatments. Soleil Rouge and the clowns are also intense moments of happiness, like the one where Tommy blew his 4 candles surrounded by staff and clowns, or moments of true communion when going in the operating room, simple " Courtesy "  visits in the service ...

 

They were partners during tumultuous races pursuits in the service, opponents in epic water battles to the syringe in the middle of the corridors, colleagues of more than private concerts... in short, Tommy associates.

 

Today we would like to say thank you, thank you for supporting us and giving strength throughout this difficult fight! Thank you for the smiles and for that special bond they created with our boy. Long live to Soleil Rouge, this wonderful association! Long live clowns!

 

Tommy’s parents

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Christmas at the Grenoble pediatric oncology

It is so beautiful and gratifying to feel right, to feel important, to feel that we are doing good.

For this Christmas Eve, Titi and Rosalie, two Soleil Rouge clowns, were lulled by smiles, bravo, thanks, shared dances, cuddles, you are wonderful, you are awesome, flash, complicit glances, laughter, complicity.

“Our action is always charged with emotion but on holidays there is a little trick that binds us even more to the people we meet”.

On December 24th, during the evening Titi and Rosalie entered the sick children rooms, unplugged the TV, connected the faceted ball (installed on an infusion stand) and put the music to the bottom (compiles the best music of the moment with the Queen of Snows for the younger patients, Justin Bieber and co for the teens and Madonna for the moms).

 The rooms turned directly into a nightclub! Phosphorescent bracelets distributed to all: babies fascinated by turning lights, dad and mum dancing, a grandfather making a tap dance demonstration, teens laughing and dancing for those who cannot move  (dancing fingers for those who are not able to move in the bed). Then, 5 nurses came and join a child room to wiggle with us, a dad tries too wear Rosalie’s high heels….

In the pediatric oncology department, it was a great Christmas CELEBRATION!!!

 

Thank you all and Happy new year !!!

 

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SOLEIL ROUGE

Location: GRENOBLE - France
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ANNIE TISSIER
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ANNIE TISSIER
GRENOBLE, ISERE France

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