The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Alisa Savoretti as a Lightning Community Hero during the first period of tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Savoretti, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to My Hope Chest and the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. As a result of tonight's donation, the Lightning Community Heroes program has now reached the $2,000,000 plateau to date.
Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, along with his wife, Penny, launched the Community Heroes initiative at the beginning of the season to distribute $10 million dollars to deserving grass roots community heroes throughout the Tampa Bay community over the next five years. Throughout each of the Lightning's 41 regular season games, the Lightning honored a Community Hero and also awarded a $50,000 check to a non-profit charity of their choice. Over the course of the season, a total of $2,050,000 will be handed out to worthy community causes.
Savoretti has been a community hero and inspiration to hundreds of uninsured women during the past nine years suffering from breast cancer. She herself was diagnosed with cancer when she was 38 years old and had to wait three years for reconstructive surgery. Knowing that she wasn't the only one who suffered with this disease while having no medical insurance, Savoretti started the non-profit organization, My Hope Chest. It is the only non-profit group that funds breast reconstruction for uninsured survivors, regardless of their financial situation.
She is determined to change the lives for the uninsured survivors locally and nationally. Savoretti is currently operating her own company with donated office items and is trying to help women regain their self-esteem and dignity after dealing with cancer. For Savoretti, it is an around-the-clock job, but she remains motivated by improving the lives of women who suffer from this deadly disease. While the waitlist continues to grow for women to get help through Savoretti's program, those in line know they will be sacrificing a piece of themselves in exchange for life. Savoretti's intent is to successfully complete a woman's journey by making them feel whole again.