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Ann Comeau honored as Lightning Community Hero

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
Ryan Callahan joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik to present Ann Comeau with a check for $50,000.

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Ann Comeau as the 16th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals. Comeau, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Zoe’s Journey.

Comeau’s rocky life circumstances met with resilience has led to her development as a positive leader to women who are struggling with addiction and have lost the ability to be an effective parent. Tragedy occurred early in Comeau’s life when her father was murdered. She simultaneously battled cancer while becoming a mother at the age of 15. After beating cancer, she lost a significant other to a malignant brain tumor. This sent her into a downward spiral of drug addiction which caused Comeau to lose her children to the justice system. Losing custody of her children motivated Comeau to rebuild her life and seek help from a recovery agency.

Since then, Comeau has rebuilt her life and become a positive supporter to women facing similar circumstances by sharing her story, teaching classes toward recovery at Zoe’s Journey’s in-patient facility, and currently developing a hands-on parenting class for mothers who have just regained custody of their children. Comeau volunteers approximately 60 hours a month at Zoe’s Journey and impacts over 30 women and families each month.

Zoe’s Journey, a faith based non-profit organization, provides support for women and children who have been affected by life altering situations (i.e. incarceration, addiction, homelessness) and helps rebuild their individual lives and family lives with a spiritual and ethical foundation.

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