Beat Nb earns Lightning Community Hero Award.
As the 2017-2018 NHL season is unveiled, the Tampa Bay Lightning has named this year’s eighth Lightning Community Heroes winner, and as it turns out, it’s a non-profit that funds operations at Children’s Hospital in Denver.
The winner — Beat Nb — is a national non-profit working to fight childhood cancer, and they host events all around the country to raise money for the cause. This month’s donation comes in at a generous $50,000 from the Lightning Foundation and Lightning Community Heroes program where Beat Nb was selected out of hundreds of competing non-profits.
It all started in 2010, when executive director Kyle Matthews and his wife/co-founder Robyn lost their two-year-old son, Ezra, to neuroblastoma — a rare form of childhood cancer.
Today, Beat Nb is responsible for merging four cancer-fighting sister non-profits under the Beat Nb name to initiate research at 35 hospitals around the country.
So far, the cancer-fighting powerhouse has helped launch 19 clinical trials that have brought the neuroblastoma survival rate from 60 percent to over 80 percent.
“Kyle and Robyn have helped launch the first-ever national clinical study approved for all incurable childhood cancers, and a preventable trial for patients with high-risk neuroblastoma in remission,” writes the NHL. They’ve also been helping fund the development of a drug called DFMO, which is showing great promise in helping prevent relapse.
The Matthews are the 279th Lightning Community Heroes since the program has been launched, and they plan to give away another $10 million over the next five seasons.
As for Beat Nb, they plan to continue to fight childhood cancer, and will be hosting events in Denver in the year to come. So stay tuned!