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posted: Fri, Jun 17th, 2016

Visiting Collin

Seventh-grader Collin Berg hasn’t seen most of his friends at MOMS since early this fall. So MOMS went to him.

A group of seventh-grade band members recently visited Collin at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown and performed for their former French horn player. Under a bright sun in the hospital’s garden, the eight students played songs from their spring concert, including tunes from “Jurassic Park” and “Star Wars.”

“I have not seen Collin smile that big in a long time,” said Joann Spera, Goryeb’s educational liaison. “You could see that it meant so much to him.”

Doctors, patients, visitors, and staff members also attended the half-hour-long performance, which was arranged by music teacher Melany McQueeny. 

“Collin attended our winter concert, but since he was not able to attend our spring concert due to his treatment schedule, we brought the spring concert to him,” said Ms. McQueeny, who chaperoned the ensemble with music teacher Gerry D’Albis. “We just wanted him to know that we’re thinking of him and we miss him.” 

After the performance, Collin spent some time chatting with his friends, many of which attended elementary school with him.

The students making the trip to Goryeb were Emma Gillece, Ayush Chakraborty, Michael Mora, Hunter Zienowicz, Max Mullen, Mark Murphy, Ava Gestwick, and Raquel D'Amico.





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