TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Lizzie Dolan as the 33rd Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Carolina Hurricanes. Dolan, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to All Children's Hospital and Academy of the Holy Names.
Tonight's community hero has empowered teens in order for them to accomplish their dreams. At the age of 16, Dolan formed Cross Out Cancer, an organization that helped organize a 5K race with cross-country runners throughout the Tampa Bay area. Along with other teens, she assisted in recruiting sponsors, runners and support to raise money to battle pediatric cancer. The idea stemmed while volunteering at Camp Agape where she bonded with a young girl whose brother was battling cancer. Dolan's experience motivated her to take action on the behalf of families who are making incredible sacrifices to overcome cancer.
Under her leadership, the inaugural 5K raised more than $40,000 for All Children's Hospital with recruitment of 400 runners of all ages. The money raised will aid families who have been affected by cancer through financial and supportive means. Dolan aims to empower teenagers to become inspiring philanthropists, which will result in lifelong lessons that they will never forget.
Dolan becomes the 212th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $10.75 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.