TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Laura Marchetti as the 23rd Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of today's game against the San Jose Sharks. Marchetti, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to More Health.
Tyler Johnson (left) joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik (right) to present Laura Marchetti with a check for $50,000.
Marchetti has lived through tragedy and has found a way to turn it into a positive for everyone, especially in the state of Florida. Marchetti experienced the death of her teenage daughter, Katie, when she was ejected from a car. Katie was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. This motivated Laura Marchetti to join More Health in educating teens on the importance of wearing seatbelts.
Through Laura's efforts with More Health, she was able to help develop the More Health Trauma Education Lesson. This education session is intended for high school teens to know Katie's story and learn the value of seatbelt usage and other safe driving habits. So far, over 69,000 students since 2006 have heard this important lesson. In addition to her work on the More Health Trauma Education Lesson, Marchetti helped enact the Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law in 2009.