April 22, 2015
Volunteer Has a Heart Bigger than His Clown Shoes
Shriners Hospital volunteer Harry Norman was awarded the Doug Busath Lifetime Achievement Award at the Northern California hospital’s volunteer recognition ceremony on April 15. The award is named in honor of Doug Busath who volunteered in the hospital’s Central Activity Area for 10 years after his grandson was treated at Shriners for severe burn injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The award is presented annually to a hospital volunteer to honor dedication, commitment and joyful service to patients, families and the entire hospital community.
Mr. Norman, winner of the 2015 lifetime achievement award, is affectionately known throughout the hospital as Hare Bear the clown. Every Thursday rain or shine, Hare Bear can be found greeting families as they arrive for their clinic appointments. On his volunteer days, he gets up at 4:30 a.m. to put on his clown “face” so he can arrive at the hospital by 7:45 a.m. He has volunteered at the Northern California Shriners Hospital since it opened in April 1997, contributing more than 5,300 hours to the hospital clinic and thousands of hours in the community supporting both Shriners and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“When I retired I knew I wanted an active role in the Shrine, and the best way of doing that was to be part of the clown brigade,” says Mr. Norman, who has been a Shriner for over 20 years. “I love to see the looks on children’s faces when they see Hare Bear the Clown. If I can be a happy distraction for them, all the better,” he says.
When Mr. Norman decided to become a Shrine clown, he said it was easy to come up with a clown name. As a term of endearment, his wife Edna nicknamed him Hare Bear years ago. Now, it is a name that endears him to many of the children who come to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California. To those who know Mr. Norman – aka Hare Bear – his heart is even bigger than his clown shoes.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
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