Motorcycle riders from around the region participated in a toy drop on
Sunday, November 8, as part of the Annual Toy Run that delivered funds,
toys and other gifts to brighten the holidays for patients at The Unterberg
Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.
Blue Knights, New Jersey Chapter XV, accompanied by Santa and the Long Branch Police and Fire Departments, traveled
from Atlantic Highlands to Long Branch and delivered hundreds of gifts
to the hospital for distribution to pediatric patients during the holiday season.
The group met in the lobby of Monmouth Medical Center for live music, hot
chocolate and heard from pediatric cystic fibrosis patient, AJ Silvestri,
age 11, about living with cystic fibrosis, being treated at The Unterberg
Children’s Hospital and the impact of the group’s donation
on kids living with cystic fibrosis this holiday season.
“I know how it feels to be in the hospital at the holidays and to
get a surprise gift from people that care about me but don’t even
know me. It makes me feel like I am soaring across the sky and helps me
forget that I am sick, even if for a little while,” said Silvestri.
“Please know that, when the toys are all delivered and you are enjoying
the holidays with your families, children like me will always remember
your kindness for years to come.”
Funds donated by the Blue Knights benefited The Comprehensive Cystic Fibrosis
Center at The Unterberg Children’s Hospital, which is the oldest
and largest center in New Jersey. At the Center, a multidisciplinary team
of trained-research clinicians provide patient care while offering clinical
trials of the newest therapies for cystic fibrosis.
Ashley Boyd, development manager with Monmouth Medical Center Foundation
welcomes Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Long Branch Police Department and the
Blue Knights to The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical
Center as part of the Toy Run on November 8.
Santa talks with pediatric patient, Yaret Vargas, age 6, about his holiday wishes.
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.
U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology,
neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit