There’s no denying Patch Adams, the 1998 movie starring Robin Williams as the real-life Dr. Hunter Doherty “Patch” Adams, moved millions of people. The movie centered on Adams, who eventually established an organization that sends volunteers dressed as clowns to cheer up patients around the world. And while we all know laughter isn’t really the best medicine, studies have shown laughter absolutely helps. In fact, Gilda’s LaughFest promotes that very concept every year in Grand Rapids.
With laughter for better health in mind, Frank Chindamo has launched LaughMD, a service that looks to provide hospitals with two 24-hour comedy video channels — one for children and another for adults – viewable on televisions, smartphones and tablets. Programming would include short comedy videos produced by Chinmado’s other company Fun Little Movies, the first American company to create comedic films for mobile phones. In order to see this new project through, Chinmado’s has launched an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of raising $10,000. That first money raise will go toward testing out LaughMD’s beta app in Kaiser Permanente and Marina del Rey hospitals in Los Angeles.
“LaughMD airs channels of comedy videos in every patient-accessible TV throughout the hospital, and/or its waiting rooms,” the Indiegogo page states. “[We are] providing patients with fun, funny comedy TV programming and an App to lighten moods, relieve stress, and help the healing process. “ Check out the pitch video for LaughMD (approved by Patch Adams, himself) below and visit the Indiegogo page to donate.