Gifts for the Care of Children
Two recent donations help The Unterberg Children’s Hospital serve patients and families more effectively than ever.
donors say it’s a privilege to give to a medical center, because they know their donations will give people vitally needed help. That’s especially true for a children’s hospital, because with many decades ahead of them, kids have the most to gain from being returned to good health.
So it is with special pleasure that The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center reports two recent donations that will make a big difference.
One was a $1 million donation from Florida businessman and philanthropist Michael Fux and the Michael Fux Foundation to establish the Michael Fux Family Center.
Rising from humble beginnings in Cuba to become CEO of Comfort Revolution, a distributor and marketer of comfort sleep products with a location in West Long Branch, Fux created two charitable foundations to benefit people in need. He established the Michael Fux Foundation in 2006 with the mission of enriching the lives of underprivileged children with serious illnesses.
The Michael Fux Family Center at The Unterberg Children’s Hospital will be modeled after the Michael Fux Family Center at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH ) and will provide a safe, nonclinical environment for the families of children receiving care that offers peace and respite. It will provide dedicated space for parents, patients and siblings to interact with each other as a family, despite the medical challenges faced by their child. Features of the Michael Fux Family Center will include a full kitchen and dining area, a family room, a private breast-feeding room, showers, laundry facilities, a movie theater, a children’s library, computer rooms, a performance arts center, a gym and a massage therapy room. Construction is set to begin this year.
“I am thrilled to embark on this project and partner with Monmouth Medical Center to create the Michael Fux Family Center at The Unterberg’s Children Hospital,” Fux said recently. “I look forward to enriching the lives of the children being treated here as well as their families. I know from my experience that this is a wonderful service and opportunity.”
“We are extremely thankful to Mr. Fux and the Michael Fux Foundation for this generous and transformative gift,” said Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS , president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center. “It will help to ensure that The Unterberg Children’s Hospital continues to fulfill its mission of providing family-centered, comprehensive care to all of our young patients while providing a supportive environment for families.”
“This gift will truly have a tremendous impact on the children being treated at the Unterberg Children’s Hospital and their families,” said Tara F. Kelly, vice president, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. “Children and parents will have the opportunity to catch up on the details of normal life while finding the comfort and solace they need during a difficult time.”
In a young girl’s memory
Sometimes, despite medicine’s best efforts, a young life ends too soon. That was the case with 10-year-old Mya Lin Terry of Ocean Township, who passed away in 2013 after battling cancer for more than five years. But now, in her memory, hundreds of kids and their families will benefit from a donation made in her name.
The hospital has received a $300,000 donation from The Mya Lin Terry Foundation in support of the Michael Fux Family Center. In recognition of this generous donation, the movie facility will be named The Mya Lin Terry Cinema.
The Mya Lin Terry Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit organization created to honor the memory of Mya Lin by enriching the lives of pediatric cancer patients with hope, love and joy while raising awareness of pediatric cancers and supporting new treatments aimed at a cure.
“I am humbled by the generosity and support of so many friends, family and community members that have made this gift, in Mya’s name, possible,” says Kelly L. Terry, Mya’s mother, who serves as president of the foundation. “Having spent half of Mya’s life in the hospital, we wanted to give back not only to Monmouth Medical Center for their kindness and care of Mya, but to all the children and their families who will enter these doors. It is our hope that we help ensure that all children are able to enjoy their childhood, despite health battles they may be facing.”
Constructed to look like a traditional public movie theater and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, acoustics and a popcorn machine, The Mya Lin Terry Cinema will have an intimate setting with approximately 20 plush movie theater-style seats and will be wheelchair-accessible. It will provide families, siblings and their friends with an opportunity to replicate going to the movies, where they can relax, take their mind off their family’s challenges and escape for a few hours.
“We are so appreciative of this generous donation from The Mya Lin Terry Foundation that enables us to keep Mya’s memory alive while helping patients and their families find joy as they face their own challenges,” said Dr. Vozos. “As with every aspect of the Michael Fux Family Center, The Mya Lin Terry Cinema will relax and refresh children and families and promote healing—all part of our commitment to support and empower those we serve.”
“I am ecstatic that The Mya Lin Terry Foundation has chosen to support the Michael Fux Family Center at The Unterberg Children’s Hospital with this donation,” said Fux. “The Mya Lin Terry Cinema will bring a little bit of the outside world, a little bit of normalcy and a lot of smiles into the walls of the hospital.”
The Unterberg Children’s Hospital offers the highest level of pediatric services for newborns through adolescents, including cutting-edge treatment, specialized expertise and an unsurpassed dedication to medical excellence in 26 pediatric subspecialty areas. Every aspect of care benefits from a childfriendly, family-centered approach.
To learn more about the Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, visit barnabashealth.org/uch.
To learn more about the Mya Lin Terry Foundation, visit themyalinterryfoundation.org.