Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Lightning are Joining the Fight Against Breast Cancer and Raising Awareness

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Florida Hospital will turn the Amalie Arena pink for “Breast Cancer Awareness” night on Saturday, October 17th as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Buffalo Sabres.

The Lightning are very happy once again to collaborate with Florida Hospital to bring awareness to breast cancer research, as well as early detection and prevention.

Florida Hospital is officially turning the Amalie Arena “pink” during the Tampa Bay Lightning home game on Saturday, October 17th to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. The puck drops at 7:00pm as the Bolts face-off against the Sabres. During the evening, Florida Hospital will encourage Lightning fans to join the Florida Hospital “Pink Army” and officially declare war on breast cancer. Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, exceeded only by lung cancer according to the American Cancer Society.

“Florida Hospital is leading the way in breast health by offering the very latest in screening tools such as 2D and 3D Mammography and life-saving treatments. We all know that early detection is key, and we encourage women attending tonight’s game to take the first step and get screened. While one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, the survival rates are encouraging and continue to increase,” said Dr. Kimberly Apple, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

The Florida Hospital Pink Army began in 2010 to increase community awareness about early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Today, there are over 53,000 members across the state of Florida. The purpose is simple- to encourage women to join the Pink Army- get screened and donate. During the game on Breast Cancer Awareness night, coaches and broadcasters will wear pink ties to show their support. In addition, Dr. Kimberly Apple, who practices at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will be interviewed on FOX’s Sun Sports pre-game show about new advances in early detection.

During the game, a public service announcement featuring Dr. Douglas Reintgen of Florida Hospital North Pinellas will air on the scoreboard. All fans attending the game will receive a free pink bolts t-shirt and enjoy the free Florida Hospital photo booth on the concourse that is filled with Lightning and pink props to create fun digital photos that can be used in social media to help spread the word. Fans will also be able to join the Pink Army and enter to win fun prizes including team autographed Tampa Bay Lightning pink hockey sticks.

“The Lightning are very happy to once again to collaborate with Florida Hospital to bring awareness to breast cancer research, as well as early detection and prevention,” said Steve Griggs, Tampa Bay Lightning CEO. “We’d like to thank Florida Hospital for continuing to be one of the Lightning’s top-tier community partners and for allowing Bolts fans the opportunity to join the Pink Army in the fight against breast cancer.”

Florida Hospital is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2015-16 Lightning season and the Official Health and Wellness Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Florida Hospital has been a sponsorship partner since 2011, and it is also the official healthcare provider of the Tampa Bay Storm. Florida Hospital will present Heart Health Awareness night as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the St. Louis Blues on February 14, 2016 to coincide with American Heart Month. Florida Hospital is also a major sponsor of the Lightning’s annual Bolt Run. The two organizations are committed to partnering on additional health and wellness initiatives throughout the year.

Florida Hospital and The Tampa Bay Lightning Key Dates:

  •     October 17, 2015 - Breast Cancer Awareness Night
  •     February 14, 2016 - Heart Health Awareness Night
  •     March 26, 2016 – Bolt Run

About Florida Hospital West Florida Region
The Florida Hospital West Florida Region is a not-for-profit 1,275-bed hospital system composed of 9 hospitals including Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid and Florida Hospital Wauchula. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 22 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FloridaHospital.com.

The Pink Army
The Florida Hospital Pink Army is a community effort to increase awareness about early detection and prevention of breast cancer. As a Pink Army solider, each time you complete one of the missions you will move up a rank and be rewarded accordingly. Learn more at JoinThePinkArmy.com or call (855) 808-PINK today to schedule a priority mammogram appointment.

About Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the leasehold rights to AMALIE Arena were purchased by an entity controlled by Jeff Vinik in March, 2010. Shortly thereafter, Vinik also purchased the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. Since acquiring these assets, Vinik has spearheaded a complete brand and business transformation of the teams and the arena under the banner of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC. The Lightning made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. The Bolts won the Stanley Cup in 2004 in a thrilling seven game series against the Calgary Flames. Vinik and the rest of his management team continue to move the organization forward with eyes on success on the ice as well as a world class organization off of it.

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