TAMPA BAY – For the 17th time, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning Foundation have teamed up with community leader Steve Yerrid and The Yerrid Foundation to roll out the yellow carpet for Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night this Sunday, December 20 when the Lightning host the Ottawa Senators.
As in years past, the theme of Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night will help raise awareness in support of finding a cure for the disease, as well as spread the message that courage, strength and love can build bridges to a better tomorrow. This centerpiece event will host more than 2,000 individuals affected by the disease or helping to find a cure in Tampa Bay. The annual event brings together a multitude of charitable organizations dedicated to dealing with the dreaded disease.
“The Lightning are proud to welcome Steve Yerrid, the Yerrid Foundation and all of the ‘heroes’ in Tampa Bay engaged in the battle against cancer to Amalie Arena for the 17th Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night,” Lightning CEO Steve Griggs said. “Whether those attending are patients, family of patients, caretakers or those in the medical community, we hope the night will provide them with a much-needed break from their daily fight. On behalf of the Lightning and the entire community, I would like to sincerely thank Steve Yerrid and the Yerrid Foundation for their unwavering support and generosity, not only for those who will get to enjoy Sunday night, but for all they do in Tampa Bay to bring hope and happiness all year long.”
"Together with the Lightning, we have established one of the key note events for the cancer community in the Bay Area," Yerrid said. "Everyone involved in this event is united in the fight against a horrific disease that touches so many of our loved ones. In hosting this event we hope to provide awareness of the battle that so many in our community are involved in and give them a break, if only for a night. The entire Lightning organization has been tremendous in supporting our common cause. We will never quit until we find a cure. I am particularly pleased to have formed friendships with Jeff Vinik and Steve Griggs, and I am 100 percent certain these men care deeply about doing good in our community. I look forward to our continued partnership and the future ahead."
To date, close to 85,000 cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, families, doctors, nurses and volunteers have participated in Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night activities. With the goal of bringing the cause to the forefront of the community's awareness, The Yerrid Foundation and the Lightning Foundation have teamed up to provide tickets and t-shirts to all participants, as well as food vouchers to all children from the organizations.
Special guests from the participating organizations will also take part in a pre-game High-Five tunnel as Lightning players take the ice for warmups, and enjoy meet-and-greets with Lightning players. Four individuals will also be designated as "Yerrid's Heroes" for the night. The designations of Yerrid's Heroes each year go to local champions in the "cancer community". Those represented will be an outstanding doctor, volunteers and a current parent fighting their personal battles with the disease. These incredible individuals will be recognized in-game and wear a "Yerrid's Heroes" jersey for the night.
Special Tampa Fights Cancer Night memory cards will be sold at the information booth on the concourse behind section 101 where fans can honor their own personal heroes in the battle against this disease and participate by sharing photos on social media using #TampaBayFightsCancer.