Former Niagara Falls nurse is working the front lines in hard hit NYC and needs cleaning supplies – can you help?

April 17, 2020

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Rycky Pera was born and raised in Niagara Falls. She moved to Florida a few months ago when he fiance’ was deployed. Now, this former Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center nurse – is in the thick of things in one of the areas hardest hit by COVID-19 – New York City.

Rycky followed her heart and headed to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan to work in the Emergency Department. “I wanted to make a difference in someone’s life, they are alone, scared, and helpless. There aren’t enough nurses to comfort or care for these poor souls.”










She says it’s been tough but worth it. “These poor nurses are so tired, overwhelmed my heart said go help them. It is by far the best decision I have ever made. The patients, staff and residents of NYC are ever grateful to have all of us here.”



Rycky says she loves being a nurse – it is her home, her calling.

One thing Rycky says she does need is Clorox Wipes and Lysol as she tries to keep her hotel room and other common areas as clean as possible to prevent illness.

If you have these items and can send her a package – here is the address:


W-New York – Union Square, 201 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10002 — Just put attn: Rycky Pera

Thank you so much Rycky for being so amazing, risking your own health and safety to help others! God Bless!!






About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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