Patch Adams was born as Hunter Doherty Adams on the 28th of May, 1945 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States, the second son of a school teacher, Anna Campbell Stewart (Hunter) and a US army major, Robert Loughridge Adams. Patch had a difficult childhood growing up on army bases throughout the world.
His father had fought through World War II and Korea before being stationed in Germany. Patch’s father's war experience caused a rift and a true connection between father and son wasn’t made until the final days of Mr. Adams Senior. In 1961 Patch’s father passed away due to a heart attack, leaving behind a wife and two sons. His mother relocated Patch and his brother, Robert Loughridge "Wildman" Adams, Jr. to Virginia.
This was a time of open racism. When Patch saw Whites Only signs he realized his country was fake and religion was fake because they allowed such injustice and dehumanization. As a teen Patch was beaten up for standing against violence and racism. In his 18th year, he was hospitalized three times at a mental hospital for trying to commit suicide. Patch did not want to live in a world of violence. During his last hospitalization, he chose to make a revolution by healing people with love and laughter, instead of ending his life.