His Hands Free Clinic is taking the old saying that laughter is the best medicine quite literally.
The Cedar Rapids not-for-profit is hosting its third annual improv evening to raise money for prescriptions and medications.
“We wanted to do something fun and for people to enjoy themselves,” said Dawn Brouwers, executive director of the clinic. “We wanted it to be light hearted and for people to think about ways to stay healthy that are fun.”
Laughing releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. This can promote an overall sense of well-being.
Davenport-based improv group Guys in Ties will perform on Oct. 2 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott to raise money for the free clinic. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30.
His Hands Free Clinic provides free medical, mental health and dental care to those in the community who are uninsured or underinsured.
“In a given year, we will spend between $15,000 to $20,000 on medication,” Brouwers said “We have about another $150,000 worth of donated medication. Without that donation, it would be a huge, huge cost for us.”
Last year the clinic provided care for more than 1,300 people and had nearly 3,250 total visits.
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“Without free clinics, people who do not have insurance will not get better,” Brouwers said. “We need healthy people in our community to work and go to school. If you’re working at a job that doesn’t provide insurance or you’re making $12 an hour, medication costs are huge in addition to just a doctor’s visit, which can cost anywhere between $100 to 150.”
Register by Sept. 25 at hishandsclinic.org. The event is free of charge to attend, but donations are welcome.
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