On September 18, 2014, following a year of formal training in “hospital clown studies,” Dr. Dee Zee (aka Diane Weiss of Woodstown, NJ) and Dr. Moosey Reindeer (aka Rita Shade of Cherry Hill, NJ) received their diplomas and joined the ranks of the Bumper T. Caring Clowns at Cooper University Hospital. The Caring Clowns spread cheer and goodwill to patients hospitalized at Cooper.
We are saddened to report that Dr. Bumper “T” Clown, George Edward, passed away this morning. He touched the lives of many Cooper employees, patients and their families through his unique style of caring and healing though humor.
CBS Evening News with Katie Couric posted an exclusive online story about the Caring Clowns that have been a part of the Cooper family for decades. CBS spent a day with the clowns at Cooper, following them around as the greeted patients, visitors and staff.
(Camden, New Jersey) — Cooper University Hospital is proud to announce that George Edwards and the Bumper “T” Caring Clowns, have been nominated for Governor Jon S. Corzine’s 2008 Volunteer Award in the Most Innovative category. For over 30 years, George Edwards, as Dr. Bumper “T”, has offered his wonderful spirit and gift of humor as a hospital volunteer. His presence had such a profound impact on the patients, family’s and staff he visited that in 2002, Bumper “T” Caring Clowns became incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. Shortly after, a training course was developed and by April of 2002, the first graduating class of 24 caring clowns set out to give their gift of humor and compassion. Since then, the Bumper “T” Caring Clowns has grown to over 110 “funnyboneologists” who volunteer in hospitals throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.