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Camp brings smiles to faces of pediatric cancer patients, siblings


Special to The Press

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley sponsored its annual Camp Smile on the campus of Muhlenberg College during the week of June 19-23.

Camp Smile is an opportunity for youth ages 4-15 who either have or had cancer or have lost a loved one to pediatric cancer to participate in typical camp fun.

This year’s camp included 30 campers, 24 counselors and two nurses.

The camp was started in 2013 by the PCFLV, which provides support to the families of pediatric cancer patients, as well as in-hospital programs designed to help alleviate the stress on both care givers and the patients.

PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Camp Smile volunteer Vanessa Staufler; Clara, pediatric cancer patient; Emily Turek, Camp Smile counselor; and Andrew, whose sibling has pediatric cancer; work on building horseshoe pegs at Camp Smile June 22 at Muhlenberg College.
Josie, whose sibling has pediatric cancer; Sera Petronio, Camp Smile counselor; and Emma, sibling of a cancer survivor; enjoy each other's company at Camp Smile.
CJ, whose sibling has pediatric cancer, tries some yoga positions at Camp Smile.
Children attending Camp Smile at Muhlenberg College June 22 rehearse for a theater presentation to be performed the next day. Owen, Cole, Tessa, Oliver, Isabelle and McCoy are on stage.