Medical Endorsements  

Health and medical professionals throughout the country use the Jester & Pharley's message and story to help their patients cope with illness and trauma. Day by day, the book and doll help children everywhere laugh instead of cry,

The Jester & Pharley offer something that no other book or characters do:

--a means of helping them remain positive
--a tool to help them stay still during painful or lengthy medical procedures
--a way to help them find their jingles
Praise from The Medical Community

"The Jester Has Lost His Jingle is just lovely – funny, gentle, and inspiring. It is perfect for our kids while they are in clinic, giving them entertainment and comfort that helps to get them through treatment."
Martha Young, Manager, Patient Education Program
Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center

"We’ve been committed to having The Jester Has Lost His Jingle as a primary resource available for that moment when a child needs a special intervention to brighten their day and plant the seed of laughter again. We can utilize this story as an allegory to relate to feelings and thoughts that everyone feels sometimes, and a special book like this is the magic that brings it to life."
Melissa Turgeon, Child-Life Specialist
University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital

"'The Jester Has Lost His Jingle' is a beautifully illustrated and well-written children's book with an engaging manner and important message. The message that we all harbor the potential to rediscover inner joy, no matter how bleak things may at first appear, is a positive and uplifting one...The Jester & Pharley offer support, encouragement, and hope to the children and families we care for. The book will be much valued across the country and beyond."
Gerald R. Koocher, Ph.D., Executive Director,
Linda Pollin Institute, Harvard Medical School
"Humor is truly a healing modality and this book will inspire our patients to laugh. The book is powerful and will greatly help those who feel worried about their first visit to the hospital or are overwhelmed by a new diagnosis. The Jester Has Lost His Jingle brings families together as they read it during their visit and again at home."
Alison Leighton
Child Life Specialist

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Dover, NH
"'The Jester Has Lost His Jingle' is a whimsical story with a poignant message for children whose lives are threatened by despair. It is an allegorical tale of how the author overcame despair with courage and purpose. For those touched by childhood cancer, it will come as no surprise that the Jester's lost jingle is brought to life by a girl with cancer, nor that the lost art of laughing is rediscovered through her resilience."
John N. Lukens, M.D., Former President
The American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

"Laughter is always the best medicine and David Saltzman's 'The Jester Has Lost His Jingle' is the perfect prescription for all of us, children and adults alike."
Art Ulene, M.D. America's Family Doctor

"Each year, over 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer. We want to distribute copies of The Jester Has Lost His Jingle and Jester & Pharley Dolls to every one of them who enters our hospitals for treatment, to raise thier spirits and offer rthem the hope for a cure."
Robert L. Pannoni, COO & President
National Childhood Cancer Foundation
"This book has such a positive impact on everyone and it fits right in with our literacy program. Most of the time, hospitalized children don't feel like reading, but in this case it becomes healing. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could have this gift for our children all the time?"
Wendi Kellaris, Manager of Volunteer Resources
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

"The work you do touches the lives of many children and their ability to enjoy these books leaves them with such a wonderful attitude that truly makes a difference in their recovery."
Patty Kerrigan, PhD. Ed Specialist
Dept. of Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology Clinic
Praise from Children & Families

"I really love the way The Jester & Pharley Doll jingles. It makes me laugh. It also makes my sister giggle. I take the Pharley Doll with me to the hospital. I like to hold the doll when I get my spinal taps. The doll and the book make me feel better when I get chemo."
Morgan O'Brien, 9-year-old cancer survivor


When I go to a doctor's appointment, I take out Jester and try to hold him still so I won't make his bells jingle. That means I am going to stay still for my treatments."
Emily Olvera, 10-year-old cancer survivor

"Thank you for the Jester Doll. I always sleep with it. It always reminds me to smile and laugh."
Richie Ang, 7-year-old cancer survivor

To Make an Online Donation, click the Donate button below

Jester Home Page
The Jester & Pharley Phund™ P.O. Box 817 Palos Verdes, CA 90274
About Us | Awards | Tributes | Literacy Programs | Medical Programs | Partners | Media | Date Book: News & Events | How to Help | To Order | Contact Us

The Jester & Pharley Phund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
Proceeds benefit ill and special needs children and literacy. Federal EIN #95-4785834