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Stroke survivor dresses as clown as part of therapy

October 31, 2017

Alice Gewecke laughs with her speech-language pathologist, Kasia Richardson, after performing her clown routine for children in the pediatric unit and other adult patients at Madonna's Omaha Campus.

Gracie the clown isn’t spooky. Stroke survivor Alice Gewecke recently brought only laughs and smiles to other patients as she performed her clown routine as part of her occupational and speech therapy at Madonna’s Omaha Campus. 

"Gracie told me on our very first day that being a clown was a big part of her life, and so we thought what a better way than to incorporate her every day life than have her do her clown routine for patients at Madonna," explained Kasia Richardson, a speech-language pathologist at Madonna.

Alice said it made her feel good to make others laugh.

Click here to learn more about Madonna's Stroke program.