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Lightning Beard-A-Thon, Pediatric Cancer Foundation Team Up To Reach Campaign Goal

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that with the assistance of funds donated through the team’s Beard-A-Thon fundraiser, the Bright House Networks ‘Cut for a Cure’ campaign, presented by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, has reached its goal of raising $230,000 to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital.

To date, the Lightning has raised over $20,000 through the team’s beard-growing initiative. In a joint effort between the team and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, proceeds were donated to the ‘Cut for a Cure’ campaign to help achieve its fundraising goal.

“It’s an exciting time for the Tampa Bay Lightning and their fans, and we are thankful for all the support for ‘Cut for a Cure’,” said Nancy Crane, Executive Director of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. “The Lightning players are champions both on and off the ice, and their dedication to the local community is inspiring.”

Lightning fans are encouraged to go ‘All In’ for the cause to support the Bolts, as well as the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, throughout the playoffs by visiting www.tampabaylightning.com or www.fastercure.org to support the players’ and fans’ playoff beard with the goal of raising additional funds for pediatric cancer research. All donations will be received throughout the remainder of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

About the Pediatric Cancer Foundation
One out of every 300 children will develop cancer before his 20th birthday. Three out of five surviving pediatric patients will develop chronic health problems because treatments are so harsh. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money to fund clinical trials to help find less toxic, more targeted treatment for childhood cancer. By collaborating with doctors and researchers from the country’s top institutions, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation is fast-tracking the development of new drugs and therapies in an effort to find a cure for childhood cancers. For more information, log on to www.fastercure.org

About the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation
The Vincent Lecavalier Foundation works to build hope for children and families battling pediatric cancer and blood disorders and to fund medical research, programming and pediatric patient care through the new Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital. Opened in January 2010, the new 28,000 square-foot Center is already improving patient care and the healing process. In 2011, the Center expects to perform 50 bone marrow transplants, see 125 new patients and treat 4,000 kids on an outpatient basis.

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