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Vol. LXI, No. 8
April 17, 2009
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R&W Circus Night Goes 'Over the Top'

The 12th annual Children’s Premiere Night with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, sponsored by the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association on Mar. 18, was a huge success. With this year’s ticket sales, 100 people (patients and families) from the Clinical Center pediatric unit were among the 8,500 attendees, smiling from ear to ear.

After a pizza party, the NIH group visited a pre-show gathering with some of the performers and then watched the main event, which was themed “Over the Top” and included a ride in a parade of gigantic simulated motorcycles. “They were exhausted by the day’s end but were still smiling as they loaded back onto the bus to go back to NIH,” reports one of the event organizers.

Ringling Bros.’s James “Crickett” McGrath, Luis “Luigi” Jaramillo and Thomas Dougherty, three circus clowns, also brought chuckles earlier that day with visits to the Clinical Center and the Children’s Inn at NIH.

NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman (l) welcomes Gawande to NIH.

Above, Kayla Gillette (c) enjoys a pre-circus party with the cast. At right, the faux motorcycle parade gives a lift to several groups of guests from NIH. The annual night at the circus is sponsored by the R&W Association.

At the Children’s Inn, Kegan and Samantha Druckenmiller meet Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns (from l) James “Crickett” McGrath, Thomas Dougherty and Luis “Luigi” Jaramillo.

Above:
At the Children’s Inn, Kegan and Samantha Druckenmiller meet Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns (from l) James “Crickett” McGrath, Thomas Dougherty and Luis “Luigi” Jaramillo.

Right:
During their Clinical Center visit, the clowns mug alongside Danielle Harriott (c) and her mom, Cassandra Christopher.

The CIT band jams
Scot Ryder of NIDCD and Sheila Faucette of CIT tackle Dance Dance Revolution, a PlayStation 2 game.

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