Members of the TC Jay Fund came to celebrate Valentine’s Day with patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. From right to left are Lori Chomko, Keli Coughlin, Executive Director, Tom Scerbo, Advisory Board Member, Pete Chomko, Joan Standish, Rita Malie, Program Manager, all of the TC Jay Fund, and Jessica Pierro, Recreational Therapist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, along with pediatric patients from right to left Ashley Arreaza, Henesis Mercedes, and Elizabeth Macmillan.
Cancer Group Holds Party For Pediatric Patients
Thursday, February 21, 2013 • 4:04pm
PATERSON, NJ - Keli Coughlin, Executive Director of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund (TC Jay Fund), and Rita Malie, Program Manager, brought volunteers to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (SJCH) on Tuesday, February 12, to engage in play time activities with pediatric patients and have a Valentine’s Day party. Members of the TC Jay Fund crafted modeling clay sculptures and engaged in exciting conversations about favorite foods and animals as attendees happily ate cupcakes, drank hot chocolate and enjoyed their goody bags from the TC Jay Fund.
Jill Menell, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, SJCH, said, “The kids and their parents had a great time. It was especially nice that one of our inpatients was able to participate. We really appreciate organizations like the TC Jay Fund that, in addition to their financial support, come to the Children’s Hospital and participate in activities with our patients and their families.”
In July 2012, the TC Jay Fund made a $20,000 grant to SJCH to be used by the unit’s social worker as an emergency fund for patients’ families who may have financial difficulties during treatment.
Ms. Coughlin also took the time to decorate and write words of encouragement on a “brick” to post on the wall of the play room on the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology floor and was welcomed as an official member of the SJCH community.