Fundraising for Clown Doctors Aruba: Bear’s Story, and How an Ordinary Blue Bear Becomes an Ambassador of Hope

 Today we are launching a new fundraising program for the Clown Doctors Aruba. We have recruited a soft blue bear to help us. As the bear travels around the globe escorting business people and families, he will be raising funds for the Clown Doctors Aruba, a not-for-profit organization whose sole purpose is to bring smiles and hope to hospitalized children, mentally handicapped children and the elderly living in local nursing homes.

Our story begins with a little boy by the name of Julien Collot who owned the blue bear:

A little boy, a beautiful, super intelligent, tri-lingual kid from Chatham, New Jersey, with light brown hair and amber brown eyes, lost his fierce battle with Leukemia just a few months past his 8th birthday. His name was Julien Collot. He passed away on January 21st, of

2011, having been sick and hospitalized for over five years.

Julien was first diagnosed in 2006, and while his mom Jacqueline and his dad Thierry supported by a loving large extended family went to the end on the world and back in supreme efforts to ease his pain and fight for a cure, his two bone marrow transplants delivered further complications challenging and testing the limitations of modern medicine.

In his lifetime, Julien loved Aruba, and he came here a number of times with happy parents, grandparents and cousins. He celebrated his third birthday on the island, before the onset of his disease, in an unforgettable party, and always dreamed about coming back here, where his family owns timeshare condos, enjoying the friendship of many locals.

Julien’s mother Jacky, gave Peter Balliere, of the Clown Doctors Aruba foundation his blue bear, named Bear, hoping Bear will travel and have a great time, raising awareness for the disease as well as raising much-needed funds which will be used to bring hope to the hopeless, teaching everyday that we can make a difference.

With Peter Balliere’s help, Julien’s Bear embarks today, February 21st, 2013, on his journey traveling the world reminding us of his mission. Bear is the main protagonist of this adventure, and he is inviting anyone and everyone to take him on a trip, a family vacation or a business meeting. Bear also loves conferences, and they could be anywhere in the world.

If you take Bear along as your companion, we ask you to make a small donation per mile traveled. Along with Bear comes an introduction letter to his travel companion. Ideally, the person who escorts Bear should spend time with him visiting points of interest in any community or city, taking his pictures at focal points of interest, for his Facebook page.  It would be great if a story accompanies Bear’s trip, telling fans and friends where he’s been.

We would love to know where Bear went, as this is the wish of Jacky & Thierry Collot.

You may send the letter and pictures via email to us at: juliensbear@gmail.com. When we receive them, we will map Bear ’s trip, post his experiences, and learn about the community he has visited. We will add the letter to his Facebook page, which will keep track of Bear ’s journey throughout the year.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project please do not hesitate to contact Peter Balliere at: peter_balliere@hotmail.com

Thank you in advance for your participation in Bear’s Story, in which an ordinary blue bear becomes an ambassador of hope!