Distinguished Alumni Award
Awarded annually to a Molloy alumnus who demonstrates the true spirit of the College mission, and whose professional career is characterized by a series of outstanding achievements.
Terrie Magro, B.S. '75, M.A., R.N.
Physician Liaison, Winthrop University Hospital VP of Michael Magro Foundation Terrie Magro, RN MA is a registered nurse and co-founder of the Michael Magro Foundation. Terrie has been working full time at Winthrop University Hospital as a Physician Liaison since 2013.
Terrie is a graduate of Molloy College class of 1975 with a BS in Nursing. After graduation Terrie started her clinical career at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn. While working at St. Francis, Terrie registered at New York University, School of Nursing for their MA program. Terrie graduated from NYU with her master's as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1980. She continued working at SFH and accepted an adjunct faculty position in the undergraduate nursing department at Adelphi University.
In 1983 Terrie married Paul Magro a chef, culinary instructor and author of a cookbook entitled "Cooking, Dining, Dreaming a Culinary Journey". Terrie and Paul had two children, Michael who was born in 1990 and Marc in 1993.
Terrie began a new career in medical sales when Michael was born and left the clinical hospital setting. This new career afforded her a flexible work schedule to be with the children and attend their school events.
Life took a turn for Terrie and Paul in March 2004 when Marc was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Marc was in 5 grade at Woodland elementary school in Hicksville.
Michael was in 7grade at Hicksville Middle school in 2004. Mike loved lacrosse; he worked hard in school and was a good student. When he complained one Friday night in May that he thought he had the flu, it did not seem alarming. He was working hard and playing hard. After a few days Michael was diagnosed with pneumonia, not the flu. Marc was in treatment receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Michael did not respond to the treatment for pneumonia, doctors tested him further and one more curve ball was thrown out of left field to the Magro family. Paul and Terrie were told that Michael had Leukemia.
Michael was diagnosed on June 8, 2004 with A.L.L. and passed away on July 30, 2004 at the tender age of 13.
Where do we go from here? Paul and Terrie decided to start a nonprofit foundation in Michael's memory to help other families who have children diagnosed with a pediatric cancer. A 501 © 3 corporation was formed in 2005 with an all-volunteer executive and advisory board. MMF raises money through fund raisers, grants and corporate donations supporting The Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital, Winthrop Pediatric Associates, Cohen's Children Hospital and Stony brook Pediatric Oncology to name a few.
Since the Foundation started we have raised over $1.3 million to help families. MMF funds Child Life both in the outpatient facility at Winthrop University Hospital and Stony brook pediatric Oncology center. The foundation started an educational program called project SOAR: School Re Entry and On Going Academic Resources. This program creates a framework for successful learning for a child who is in treatment for cancer. The Foundations focus is to help families directly and that is accomplished many different ways; helping to offset pharmacy copayments, medical expenses, assist with paying utility bills and donating gift cards to help with transportation and grocery expenses.
In 2006, Terrie was selected by Town Of Oyster Bay for Women of Distinction award". In January 2010 Terrie was recognized by Long Island Press Fortune 52 honoring Long Island women who make a significant, unique and lasting contribution to their communities.
- Woodland Elementary school PTA selected Terrie for their Honorary Life Award in June 2010
- Michael Magro Foundation was named the 2010 Honoree for the Cancer Center for Kids 2010 Black and White Ball
- Association of Fund Raising Professionals honored Terrie and Michael Magro Foundation with Gilbert Tilles Award in 2015
- Angel Award nominee in 2016 sponsored by Equity First
In addition to these awards, Terrie advocates for the foundation speaking to groups about their mission which is dedicated to helping families through financial hardships associated with pediatric illnesses. She has participated in multiple radio shows, spreading the word of the foundations work.