Jun 16, 2022 A Bold Vision For Children

Todd and Jackie Frazier at benefit for Children's Specialized Hospital

An ambitious capital campaign aims to ensure that all children can reach their full potential.

When the youngest son of Todd and Jackie Frazier was hospitalized briefly, his parents got a window into what parents of patients at Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH) go through.

“We understand that every day your child is not well, you’re waiting for that bit of good news, for your child to make progress from the day before,” says Todd, a local Toms River legend and Major League Baseball All-Star. “When we visited Children’s Specialized, we were able to see that everyone on the staff at the hospital is so passionate about caring for these children.”

“The whole vibe was so loving and positive,” says Jackie Frazier. “Everyone needs to know that this place provides the absolute best care for kids living with special needs.”

So when the Fraziers were asked to team with the CSH Foundation to help raise $45 million in support of the Transforming Lives 2.0 capital campaign, they readily stepped up. “We want everyone to know that each and every one of us can make a difference for kids living with special needs right here in New Jersey by supporting the expansion of Children’s Specialized through this campaign,” says Todd.

Major Investments

The Transforming Lives 2.0 campaign aims to do nothing less than design the next generation of care through major investments in both inpatient and outpatient resources. Improvements will include new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, and expansion to new locations. A particular focus is on care for patients with autism, including sophisticated new technologies for screening, assessment, intervention and caretaker training.

Matthew B. McDonald III, MD
Matthew B. McDonald III, MD

The Transforming Lives 2.0 campaign is co-led by community leaders and members of the CSH Foundation Board of Trustees Mark Montenero, President of Autoland Toyota, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, and Ram Trucks in Springfield, and Ed McKenna, Esq., Senior Partner at McKenna, Dupont, Stone and Washburne, and former mayor of Red Bank.

“This campaign will enable us to increase access to CSH’s essential and innovative programs and services,” says Matthew B. McDonald III, MD, President and CEO of CSH. “With every new patient we meet through this period of expansion and enhancement, we get one step closer to realizing our vision of a world where every child can reach their full potential. Having the Fraziers on board, as well as the other esteemed cabinet members, makes me confident that we will reach our goal.”

At Children’s Specialized Hospital, we provide world-class care for children and young adults who face special health challenges across the state of New Jersey and beyond. We treat everything from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities, like brain and spinal cord injuries, to a full scope of developmental, behavioral and mental health concerns. We have convenient locations throughout the state: Bayonne, Clifton, East Brunswick, Egg Harbor Township, Hamilton, Jersey City, Monmouth, New Brunswick, Newark, Somerset, Toms River, Union and West Orange.

To learn more or make a donation to enhance the future for New Jersey’s children living with special health care needs, write to foundation@childrens-specialized.org.