PHOENIX — World-renowned doctor Patch Adams came to Phoenix over the weekend as part of the Clown Town Healing Fest, delivering a message of love, happiness and healing.

Spending an extra day in Phoenix as part of the tour, Adams and a group of clowns visited the Maricopa Integrated Health System building on Sunday, making stops with patients in the burn ward as well as the pediatric unit.

"People hunger for love and clowning is a trick to get love close," Adams said.

Adams, whose life was made into the 1998 film “Patch Adams,” starring the late comedian Robin Williams, has visited more than 80 countries in his career. The physician believes joy and laughter are an important part of healing.

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