TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Cole Eicher as the 15th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Ottawa Senators. Eicher, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the American Cancer Society, All Children's Hospital, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Because of Ezra Foundation, Grace Lutheran School and the Civil Air Patrol St. Pete Chapter.
Eicher was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 12 but his resilience through tough times truly defined his spirit. His experience with other teen cancer patients motivated him to raise money in order to create a teen lounge within the hospital. This past June, his goal was completed after he raised $10,000 through the Go Gold, Footgolf Open that supports childhood cancer awareness. Ever since the establishment of the teen lounge, Eicher visits it to provide hope and encouragement to other patients in need.
Eicher is currently in recovery but that has not stopped him from fightning against pediatric cancer. He is an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society and serves an an ambassador for Relay for Life. He hopes to show that every small act makes a difference and encourages the youth get involved in events with their school, sports and beyond.
Eicher becomes the 194th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $9.85 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.