TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored H. Lee Moffitt as the fourth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Colorado Avalanche. Moffitt, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation.
Moffitt founded the Moffitt Cancer Center, which opened its doors in 1986. Since it's commencement, the facility has helped thousands of patients who are in need of quality cancer treatment. Moffitt was motivated when he lost three close friends to cancer. His friends had to seek treatment outside of the state because there was no National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Care Center in Florida. His vision for what Florida needed turned into a reality. Today, the Cancer Center draws more than 339,000 outpatient visits a year from all 50 states and 100 different countries and is known for its high quality of patient care and outcomes.
Moffitt continues to lobby pro bono in Tallahassee on behalf of the Cancer Center. Due to his visionary approach, the Cancer Center has received $50 million a year in outside research grants and conducts 400 clinical trials a year. With over 4,600 employees, Moffitt has made a $1.6 billion economic impact in the state. Moffitt experts have been pioneering breakthroughs for a future that promises greater progress in saving lives and reducing cancer to a highly treatable illness.