TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Heather Barrow as the 38th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Barrow, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to High Risk Hope, St. Joseph's Foundation and the Junior League of Tampa
Barrow was born a premature baby herself and is now helping other expecting mothers and their families prepare for similar difficulties. There are over 15 million babies that are born prematurely each year in the United States and it is also a growing issue around the world. After she learned that there was a growing crisis of premature births she founded High Risk Hope, an organization that unites physicians, nurses and volunteers to increase survival rates. Barrow's mission is to improve the morale of high risk mothers and after touching more than 500 families with her help.
In an effort to provide comfort, High Risk Hope acts as a life line, assembling Bed Rest Baskets and NICU knapsacks containing both essential and thoughtful items. They also offer home-cooked meals and deliver them right to families' homes. Barrow is thankful that she and her son have both grown up happy and healthy after being born prematurely and her objective is to help others do the same.