The Flames Midget 16AA and 18A teams teamed-up to build some shelving units for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) over the 2013 New Year’s weekend. When their work was done, goaltender Michael Smoker walked away wishing that there was something more that he could do to help.
Only a few short weeks later, Michael’s “SAVES for Pediatric Cancer” was introduced at the 16AA game played against the Warwick Wildcats. ”I wanted to do something more, something to create public awareness about Pediatric Cancer” said Michael. ”I am glad that the Flames are giving me the chance to help raise some money for the PCFLV.” With the SAVES for Pediatric Cancer, the Flames organization is donating $1 for every save the 16AA White team goalies make during a home game. ”But the money is only part of it. Some of these kids are very sick, and they spend a lot of time in treatment, in hospitals and clinics. The puck drops give them a chance to get away from all of that.”
Nine year old Porter Lilley, was named Honorary Captain of the Flames Midget 16AA White team for the game vs Warwick on Saturday (see video of the puck drop). Porter, who will continue to receive treated until 2015, was accompanied by his mother Jen and sister Sadie as they took the ice for Porter’s first “puck drop”.