Monmouth Medical Center's Chief Operating Officer Bill Arnold; Kelly Terry holding a picture of Mya Lin Terry; Noelle Mains; Michael Terry; Patricia and Bevin Irvin (sitting); Kasey Pickett; Tara Kelly, Vice President, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation
LONG BRANCH: The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center recently received a $300,000 donation from The Mya Lin Terry Foundation in support of the Michael Fux Family Center at The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. In recognition of this generous donation, the movie cinema in the Michael Fux Family Center will be named The Mya Lin Terry Cinema.
Named for Mya Lin Terry, a 10-year-old Ocean Township girl who passed away in 2013 after battling cancer for more than five years, The Mya Lin Terry Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization created to honor the memory of Mya Lin by enriching the lives of pediatric cancer patients' experiences with hope, love and joy while creating awareness for, and supporting new treatment options leading to, cures for pediatric cancer patients.
"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," said Kelly L. Terry, Mya's mom and president of The Mya Lin Terry 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. The movie cinema 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. A naming contest will take place prior to the cinema's opening to choose an official name.
"We are so appreciative of this generous donation from The Mya Lin Terry Foundation which enables us to keep Mya's memory alive while helping patients and their families find joy as they face their own challenges," said Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center. "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 Mr. 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."
Modeled after the Michael Fux Family Center at Miami Children's Hospital (MCH), the Michael Fux Family Center at Monmouth Medical Center will provide a safe, non-clinical environment for the families of children receiving care and will offer 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. In addition to the cinema, features of the Michael Fux Family Center will include a full kitchen and dining area, family room, private breast-feeding room, showers, laundry facilities, children's library, computer rooms, a performance arts center, a gym and a massage therapy room. Construction is set to begin this year.
The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center offers the highest level of pediatric services for newborns to adolescents, including cutting-edge treatment, specialized expertise and an unsurpassed dedication to medical excellence in26 pediatric sub-specialty areas. Every aspect of care benefits from a child-friendly, family-centered approach.