TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Barry and Lori Torman as the 27th Lightning Community Heroes of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets. The Tormans, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Casey's Cookies.
The Tormans are the proud parents of a 24-year-old mentally and physically disabled daughter, Casey, and have gone the extra mile to help others in similar situations. Their daughter, who battles from Hodgkin's lymphoma, was their motivation to start Casey's Cookies because they were concerned about her quality of life after her schooling was completed. Casey's Cookies was started as a means of employment for their daughter and others like her, as a way of solving a real social problem for participants, and providing peace of mind for their parents.
Casey's Cookies has garnered both local and national attention from the media for its work with people that suffer from mental and physical disabilities. The long-term goal for Barry and Lori is to grow Casey's Cookies into a residential center for the disabled, where the employees can live, work and play in a nurturing environment. The Tormans, while providing unconditional love for their own daughter Casey, genuinely care about others in similar situations as their own, and firmly believe in supplying young adults with substantial opportunities and shaping their lives.