Martha Minahan honored as Lightning Community Hero

NHL | Press Release

The Bolts honored Martha Minahan as the 40th Lightning Community Hero of the 2016-17 season

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Martha Minahan as the 40th Lightning Community Hero of the 2016-17 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Dallas Stars. Minahan, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Hillsborough Education Foundation.

In 1986, doctors diagnosed Martha's husband Bill with kidney failure, but through the generosity of a donor family, Bill received a new kidney. This crisis helped raise an opportunity for the Minahan's to become advocates for transplant patients and organ donation. After sharing their story throughout the Tampa Bay area and across the country at speaking engagements and events, Martha helped establish the ORGANizers to help raise awareness of the need for organ donation. For 28 years, the Minahan's helped many who faced transplants and inspired thousands to become organ donors. Bill finally succumbed to his kidney disease in December of 2013, but Martha continues to invest time and energy in helping the community. To support and educate others suffering with end-stage kidney disease, Bill and Martha served on the Board of the local Chapter of the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) and founded the Annual Celebrity Luncheon to raise funds for patients in need. Continue reading
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