TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Dana Pounds as the 29th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the New York Islanders. Pounds, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to The Sustany Foundation and Nature’s Academy.
Pounds, a marine biologist and cancer survivor, is passionate about environment conservation and her goal is to keep our Florida beaches beautiful and pristine. While she was opening her organization, Natures Academy, Pounds was diagnosed with cancer and lost her right leg from the disease. She was determined to not let the cancer slow her down and has since educated more than 5,200 participants about the importance of our natural habitat and removed approximately 1,500 pounds of litter from the environment.
She has been treating her surroundings with due respect for many years and believes that educating people by example and informing through first-hand nature experiences is the best way for the public to see how important it is to protect the environment. Pounds’ hope is that before it is too late, we cherish and protect the beauty that surrounds the Tampa Bay community.
To date, the Lightning Foundation has donated $3.5 million through the Community Heroes program which started at the beginning of the 2011-12 season.