The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center recently received a Brady Buggy®, an animal-shaped wagon with a trailer hitch that allows children to be mobile during chemotherapy treatments, thanks to the generosity of 9-year-old Zachary Denberg of Neptune.
Inspired by his brother Xander who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and is now in remission, Zachary spearheaded a fund-raising campaign for pediatric cancer after he was given a dollar from his teacher and told to make a difference. The Summerfield Elementary School student set up a fund-raising website and asked friends and family in the community to match his $1 donation.
Zachary ultimately raised more than $2,000 through the campaign, which he donated to pediatric cancer research and used to purchase the Brady Buggy through the Hugs for Brady Foundation.
Created specifically for health care settings, the brightly colored Brady Buggy wagons aim to comfort children who frequently need to navigate through hospitals for treatment.
"This buggy will bring a smile to the face of many children and their families every day," said Meg Fisher, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. "What a great way to go from a pediatric ward to radiology or any other area of the hospital. Thank you to Zachary and his wonderful family."
Founded in 2009 and named for Brady Michael Wells, the Hugs for Brady Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established to help children battling cancer and fund research to find a cure for pediatric cancer. More than 96 percent of every dollar donated goes directly toward making the lives of children with cancer better.
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 in 26 pediatric sub-specialty areas. Every aspect of care benefits from a child-friendly, family-centered approach.
To learn more about The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, please visit www.barnabashealth.org/uch.
Zachary Denberg purchased a Brady Buggy® from the Hugs for Brady Foundation and donated it to The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. Pictured left to right: Zachary Denberg, age 9; Xander Denberg, age 6; Meg Fisher, M.D., chair of Pediatrics and medical director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center; and Debra A. Petersen, Clinical Director of Pediatrics and Pediatric ICU at The Unterberg Children's Hospital.
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 Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit