Moffitt Cancer Center and Tampa Bay Lightning partner to present the first-ever Skate-A-Thon

February 21, 2017

WHO: Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, and the Tampa Bay Lightning host the 2017 Skate-A-Thon to raise money for cancer research and patient services at the cancer center.

WHAT: The 2017 Skate-A-Thon allows the public to take to the ice with their favorite Lightning alumni players, the Lightning Girls and ThunderBug. Tickets are $35 for skaters and $10 for non-skaters. Participants can choose from one of two 45 minute open skate sessions and are encouraged to bring their own gear, including helmets. Skates will be available for rent at no extra cost. 

“This is a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for cancer research while enjoying a family-friendly community activity,” said Susan Stern, Vice President of the Moffitt Foundation. “We are grateful to our partners at the Tampa Bay Lightning for allowing us to be part of this first-of-its-kind event.”

The Lightning expect the Skate-A-Thon to be a hit, and encourage participants to register early since space is limited. Participants should bring their waivers with them the day of the event.

“The Tampa Bay community embraces the Lightning each year and we are always thrilled to give back, especially to such a great organization like Moffitt,” said Bill Abercrombie, Lightning Executive Vice President. “The Skate-A-Thon gives Lightning fans a chance to meet some alumni, the Lightning Girls and ThunderBug all while skating on the same ice as their favorite team.”

WHEN: Sunday, March 5, 2017, Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa

CONTACT: For more information visit www.TampaBayLightning.com/MoffittSkate

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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