The Tampa Bay Lightning recognized Sherry Tucker as a Lightning Community Hero during the first period of tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tucker, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will contribute the money to her charity of choice, the Giving Hope Through Faith Foundation.
A mother of two, Tucker serves as the definition of unconditional love. On July 11, 2005, her son Zachary was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor, just two days before his eighth birthday. In the midst of her son's battle for his life, Tucker managed to be her child's primary caregiver, while also providing the required guidance, comfort and love to her family during its most difficult time. He courageously fought off the disease for 10 months, while the family's strong faith alone sustained them all the way until his untimely death. As a result, Tucker was moved to start a foundation that might offer hope to families battling cancer and somehow honor the memory of her beloved son. The Giving Hope Through Faith Foundation was started in February 2007, and to date, has helped comfort over 200 families in the Tampa Bay area as their loved ones battle the dreaded disease..
Following her son's passing, Tucker chose to share her experience with others fighting similar battles rather than lamenting her own individual sorrows by reaching out to a divorced couple who had a terminally-ill daughter. On the night of the young girl's death, Tucker remained by her bed side with the grieving parents, providing them with comfort, a sense of compassion and unwavering loyalty. Through her own personal hardships, Tucker has persevered to help others stay strong during their own individual times of need..