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Northeast to Present Patch Adams, "Living a Life of Joy," in a Benefit Event; NHS to Also Present Robin Williams in the 1998 Film PATCH ADAMS as a Ramp-up to the Fundraising Event!

Portland, ME – Northeast Hearing & Speech (NHS) will bring internationally known physician Patch Adams to USM’s Hannaford Hall on Friday, September 30th at 6:30p.m. to present Living A Life of Joy. Patch will talk about being happy, exploring the audacious idea of never having a bad day, and the incredible thrill of choosing to live every day with joy.
patch-adamsAdams has visited more than 80 countries in his career. The physician believes joy and laughter are an important part of healing.  In 1971 Patch founded the Gesundheit Institute, a non-profit healthcare organization, a model of holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the society, and the world. “You may have heard of me through the film about my life in medical school, PATCH ADAMS, and I can confirm that I am actually a real person,” stated Adams. “I am a Doctor, but above all else I consider myself an activist for peace, justice and care for all people.”

Tickets for Living a Life of Joy may be purchased for $40 each. Event/Reception/Book Signing tickets may also be purchased for $75 per person and include a chance to mingle with Patch in a more intimate setting, with complimentary food, beverages and photos.  Tickets are available online at http://www.nehearingandspeech.org/events, by phone at 207/874-1065, and in person at Northeast’s office at 75 West Commercial Street in Portland.

PLUS… As a ramp-up to the September 30th event, Northeast will present the 1998 film PATCH ADAMS on September 8th at 7p.m. at the Nickelodeon Cinema in Portland! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the late Robin Williams in one of his most highly-acclaimed movie performances! Tickets are $10 and are available at Nickelodeon Cinema and online at http://patriotcinemas.com

The two events will benefit the children’s programming of Northeast Hearing & Speech.  “Most insurance companies do not cover the costs of hearing and speech services for children,” stated Laurie Mack, NHS Executive Director. “Fundraising events are necessary to ensure that all children in our communities have access to critical early intervention services to address speech, language, and hearing concerns so they’ll be ready for kindergarten and beyond.”