TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2012) – The Vinny Lecavalier Foundation raised more than $170,000 at its 6th Annual Texas Hold ’Em Celebrity Poker Tournament, held September 13, 2012, benefitting the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since the poker tournament’s inception in 2006, the Foundation has raised more than $652,000 for the Center.
Funds raised will contribute to the Center, which expects to perform 50 bone marrow transplants, acquire 125 new patients and treat more than 4,000 children on an outpatient basis in 2012.
“Once again, the community has stepped up to support the fight against pediatric cancer. Everyone wins in this effort, especially the kids. We’re grateful for all the support,” says Vinny Lecavalier, founder of the Vinny Lecavalier Foundation and center for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
More than 350 members of the community attended the event at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre in Tampa, 200 of whom participated in the poker tournament. Special guests included Dick Vitale, Charley Belcher of FOX 13 and Lindsey Rose Belcher, a pediatric cancer survivor.
In 2011, the Foundation raised more than $72,000 at the poker tournament and approximately 295 people participated.
According to the American Cancer Society, pediatric cancer is the second leading cause of death in children under the age of 15 (after accidents) and approximately 12,000 children under the age of 15 in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
About the Vinny Lecavalier Foundation
The Vinny Lecavalier Foundation works to build hope for children and families battling pediatric cancer and blood disorders and to fund medical research, programming and pediatric patient care through the new Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg, FL.
About the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine provides clinical care and research trials for children, adolescents and young adults in west and west central Florida. The Center is the only pediatric affiliate of Moffitt Cancer Center and the primary cancer center in west Florida providing multidisciplinary care for children and adolescents.