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PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERPCFLV president Michelle Zenie, with cancer warriors Mackenzie Cleffi, Freedom HS student Jared Dowling, Dominic Mongilutz, and Ray’s son Andrew Smicker at the “Ray of Sunshine Room” ribbon cutting ceremony. The mural behind them was painted by Ellen O. Kalinosky with plenty of space on the wall for visitors to doodle with dry-erase markers. Copyright - © Ed Courrier PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERPCFLV president Michelle Zenie, with cancer warriors Mackenzie Cleffi, Freedom HS student Jared Dowling, Dominic Mongilutz, and Ray’s son Andrew Smicker at the “Ray of Sunshine Room” ribbon cutting ceremony. The mural behind them was painted by Ellen O. Kalinosky with plenty of space on the wall for visitors to doodle with dry-erase markers. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Pierce Ebert doodles elephants with mural artist Ellen O. Kalinosky on the wall in the “Ray of Sunshine Room.” Fortunately, the student at St. Michaels and his mom, Roey, have not had to battle cancer, but they are friends with Kalinosky, who has fought the disease on and off for much of her adult life. Kalinosky’s husband, Joe, told her, “You eat an elephant one bite at a time,” which she said Copyright - © Ed Courrier Pierce Ebert doodles elephants with mural artist Ellen O. Kalinosky on the wall in the “Ray of Sunshine Room.” Fortunately, the student at St. Michaels and his mom, Roey, have not had to battle cancer, but they are friends with Kalinosky, who has fought the disease on and off for much of her adult life. Kalinosky’s husband, Joe, told her, “You eat an elephant one bite at a time,” which she said Copyright - © Ed Courrier
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PCFLV dedicates ‘Ray of Sunshine’

Monday, July 10, 2017 by Ed Courrier Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) paid tribute to their late friend and former next door neighbor in the Banana Factory, Ray Smicker, with a ribbon cutting ceremony recently. Smicker, owner of Silver Images in the adjoining space and steadfast supporter of PCFLV, passed away in 2016 from cancer. PCFLV then expanded their office suite into the vacant digital print shop and named it the “Ray of Sunshine Room” in his honor.

“Ray was a special friend to PCFLV, and we are so proud to be able to honor his generosity,” said Michelle Zenie, PCFLV executive director. “We are excited to be able to host many different activities and functions in this room.”

Along one wall is a large, white-painted section where children can draw with dry-erase markers whenever they and their families visit the office. Local artist Ellen Kalinosky, herself a bone marrow cancer survivor, “doodled” a mural of images and symbols over top of the area.

According to Kalinosky, she began drawing while recovering from a bone marrow transplant to treat her aplastic anemia, PNH and MDS.

“Don’t ever count anybody out,” Kalinosky said of her survival.

Several young cancer warriors and their families were on hand for the dedication, as well as Ray Smicker’s son Andrew, a musician living in Virginia.

PCFLV is a local non-profit, dedicated to providing services and programs to local pediatric cancer patients and their families, along with bereaved families.

For more information, visit pcflv.org.