In the ninth annual Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night, the Lightning and The Lightning Foundation will partner with community leader Steve Yerrid and The Yerrid Foundation to help spread the message that courage, strength and love can build bridges to a better tomorrow in the fight against cancer. Concluding Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Week, the centerpiece event involves a match-up between the Lightning and Nashville Predators on Friday, November 21 (7:30 p.m.). More than 4,000 individuals tied to the cancer community of Tampa Bay will be invited to enjoy the game at the St. Pete Times Forum.
“Tampa Fights Cancer Night is a truly special event for everyone involved, and we’re fortunate that Steve Yerrid and The Yerrid Foundation have continued the tradition of honoring those who fight for the cause on a daily basis,” Lightning owner Oren Koules said. “Steve is a great asset to the Tampa Bay community, and it’s because of people like him and all those we’re honoring Friday night that there continues to be hope for all those currently involved in the fight against cancer.”
“We have created a remarkable event that now has an eight-year history of bringing out the best in all of us,” Yerrid said. “Everyone involved is united in our effort to fight cancer and promote awareness that this battle involves us all and that together we can, and will, make a difference.”
To date, more than 28,000 cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, families, doctors, nurses and volunteers have been the guests in the 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, t-shirts and food vouchers to all participants of the event.
Special guests at the game will receive Zamboni rides, meet-and-greets with Lightning players, and will enjoy other activities on the plaza level. One lucky guest will also be chosen to kick off the game with, “Let’s play hockey.”
For this year’s event, fans will see the return of the familiar yellow Yerrid Foundation t-shirts. The first 7,500 fans will receive free yellow blinking lights, which will also be available to purchase for $5 each, at the game and are encouraged to help contribute to this special cause by purchasing commemorative items for the event. Fans will also be able to purchase the recognizable yellow shirts prior to the event for $15 and yellow bracelets with the “Tampa Bay Fights Cancer” slogan on them for $2. Fans may click here and fill out the order form to purchase a t-shirt or bracelet in advance
Nine local organizations have been sponsored for the Lightning-Predators game on November 21 including Children’s Cancer Center, Children’s Dream Fund, All Children’s Hospital, Faces of Courage, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Moffitt Cancer Center, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Tampa General Hospital.
In December of 1998, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced a joint initiative, Hockey Fights Cancer, to honor those in the hockey community who have struggled, or continue to struggle with cancer. Hockey’s All-Star Kids Program, an extension of Hockey Fights Cancer, was introduced in October 1999 to link the hockey community with the youngest victims of cancer. As a whole, the NHL and contributing partners have raised more than $7 million in support of local cancer research organizations across the league.
Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Week Schedule:
- Make-a-wish – November 24 – December 31 – 13th Annual Stories of Light Campaign
- Leukemia & Lymphoma – November 8 – Light the Night – Steinbrenner Field
- Ronald McDonald House Charities Annual Charity Golf Classic – November 14 & 15 – Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club
- Pediatric Cancer Foundation Steve Yerrid Kid’s Fishing Derby; Fisherman’s Ball; Mercury Grand Slam Fishing Tournament – November 14-16 -- Vinoy Hotel
- The Yerrid Foundation and The Lightning Foundation – Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night – November 21
- Children’s Cancer Center – Carrabba’s Charity Golf Classic – Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club – December 3