TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Madeline Robinson as the 11th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild. Robinson, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Wheelchairs 4 Kids.
Over the past several years, Robinson has been on a mission to provide hope, confidence and resources to children with physical disabilities. Her drive was ignited while previously working with children’s charities and repeatedly noticing children with wheelchairs that were too small, broken and/or irreparable. Upon further research, Robinson realized that it was quite difficult for families to acquire funding for wheelchair replacements, despite the reality that children in wheelchairs are in need of these replacements more frequently during their formative years.
Tonight’s Lightning Community Hero responded to this need by starting Wheelchairs 4 Kids in April 2011. Wheelchair 4 Kids is a non-profit organization providing wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications, and other assistive devices, while also hosting fun activities to give children with mobility challenges an opportunity to live life to its fullest. Robinson continues to serve as President of the Board for Wheelchairs 4 Kids and to date she has impacted the lives of close to a hundred children in provided assistance.