The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Dr. Elias Hasbun as the 29th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins. Dr. Hasbun, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to PARC.
Nate Thompson (left) joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik (right) to present Dr. Elias Hasbun with a check for $50,000.
Dr. Hasbun’s son was diagnosed with autism at a very young age and because of that fact, thousands of lives have been greatly affected. Beginning 35 years ago, Dr. Hasbun has made it his mission to help those with developmental disabilities and their families. He volunteers his medical care expertise to persons with disabilities and also gives people and family hope. He has the patience and understanding, recognizing his patient’s needs on a case-to-case basis.
After retiring from the medical field, Dr. Hasbun led a purposeful retirement as PARC’s volunteer medical director. He has also joined forces with the Autism Society to use his knowledge to educate medical and dental providers to shape policies for treating those with disabilities.