The Lehigh Valley Flames youth hockey organization Midget 16AA White team will be taking to home ice for the final time on Feb. 9 at 3:15 p.m. to help the Pediatric
Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. (PCFLV) support local children battling pediatric cancer.
Michael Smoker, a sophomore at Emmaus High School and one of the goal tenders for the team, has been using his net minding skills to help raise funds for PCFLV with the program he developed, “Saves for Pediatric Cancer” in which $1 will be donated to PCFLV for every save Michael makes during his last five home games. In his first game he had 18 saves, along with additional donations from the spectators; he raised $92 for the foundation in his program’s premier game.
In December, the Lehigh Valley Flames Midget 16AA White and 18A players teamed up off the ice to assist the foundation. The two teams used the opportunity to give back to the community; the event was organized by Tom Bailey, who runs off-ice fitness practices for both teams.
Players arrived early in the morning and built shelving for the foundation’s storage unit, helping them gain valuable space for supplies, equipment and other necessities. Along with the work outside at the storage unit, another group of players worked inside the foundation’s offices, assembling shelving and organizing toys, art supplies, gifts, and toiletries distributed by PCFLV to hospitalized children.
The Lehigh Valley Flames organization and PCFLV share the same vision to provide children battling cancer, and their families, the opportunity to embrace special moments and make precious memories together, such as acting as an honorary team captain. Monies raised will be donated to PCFLV to fund additional programs for these special kids.
The Lehigh Valley Flames (www.lehighvalleyflames.org) were formed in 2011, a new identity for ice hockey in the Lehigh Valley, but the history of the organization runs deep. The Flames were the result of a merger between two longstanding youth hockey organizations: The Lehigh Valley Comets and the Bethlehem Blast.
Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. was founded in 2003, and is a Lehigh Valley based 501 c 3 non-profit focused on creating a loving community for local families facing pediatric cancer.
PCFLV brings joy and fun into the lives of children with cancer by providing creative activities, support group services, workshops, educational resources and family support services enabling children with cancer to LIVE. For more information on programs and services or to volunteer, visit www.PCFLV.org.