TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Brooke Pasch as the second Lightning Community Hero of the year this morning at the Make-A-Wish Foundation offices on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Pasch, who passed away earlier this year, had her parents receive a $50,000 donation on her behalf from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program. The family will donate the money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Pasch was born with VACTERL association and given by doctors only two weeks to live, but she overcame those odds and lived until she was 19-years-old. Despite her medical struggles, small stature and deformed arm, she helped children. Pasch organized a school fundraiser to raise funds to grant a child's wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but sadly the event never took place because she passed away before it happened.
Pasch inspired children around her while she was alive, and even after she has passed, her memories and legacy still motivate those she touched to live a full-life. She never stopped making a difference in children's lives, encouraging and inspiring them through drama plays. She often visited with kids in hospitals who didn't have any visitors. Pasch organized a drama club and ensured children that they felt special even as they went through hardship. Her unconditional love touched many and fulfilled kids' dreams.