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Lecavalier helps cancer kids



Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier announced on Tuesday a $3-million commitment to the construction of the new All Children's Hospital in downtown St. Petersburg, specifically for a state of the art facility that will be named the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

More than half the money will be gifted through the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation by Lecavalier and foundation legacy partners such as Kane's Furniture and DEX Imaging. The remaining dollars will be raised through community and foundation efforts such as Lecavalier's Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament, Nov. 12 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Last year's event raised $140,000.

The Lecavalier cancer Center will occupy half the seventh floor of the new All Children's Hospital and include 28 individual patient rooms with accommodations for parents to stay overnight.

"I love kids and I love the Tampa Bay area,'' Lecavalier said. "This is my home. I'm fortunate to be in a situation where I can give back.''

Lecavalier, 27, was drafted No. 1 overall by the Lightning in 1998. Last season, he won the Rocket Richard Trophy with a league-high 52 goals.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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