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Story Pirates Spotlights Health and Wellness for Kids


More than 165 children and their families turned out for a recent community health fair and Story Pirates performance benefiting The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.

Unterberg Children's Hospital pediatric specialists in neurology, cardiology, dentistry, immunology, endocrinology, orthopaedics, nutrition as well as physicians and staff with The Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders donated their time to educate children and parents. The Cline D'Onofrio Emergency Department clinical staff also hosted a Teddy Bear Hospital. Community organizations that participated in the event included The Ranney School, Whole Foods, Little Rockers and EvenFlow Yoga.

Story Pirates, the nationally acclaimed theatrical group from New York City, performed an engaging, enriching and entertaining play about health and wellness for children and their families. Held at the Ranney School in Tinton Falls, the proceeds from this event benefited The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.

According to Margaret (Meg) C. Fisher, M.DMonmouth Medical Center Chair of Pediatrics and Medical Director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital, "Story Pirates was a fabulous event - from the preshow activities to the live show and audience participation. Children were treated to explored health and wellness in a fun and interactive way."

Joshua T. Mendelson, MD, Regional Director of Neurology and Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Program, Monmouth Medical Center, talks with Tyler and Sadie Marino of Monmouth Beach.

The Health Fair and Story Pirates event committee: Debra Todaro, Rachel Presser, Betsy Newman, Emily Knopf-Kuskin, Christine Thearle, Lisa Mendelson, Janice and Marshall Knopf.

About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit

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