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Nate Thompson And Five Other Lightning To Shave Their Heads For Charity

Not only was Nate Thompson the first Tampa Bay Lightning players to get a Twitter account - with @RealStamkos91 following along this past week - but he's even using Twitter to do good. Thompson appears to be very involved with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, participating in one of their fundraising events earlier this week and keeping supporters in the loop using his Twitter account.

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Also, this morning Thompson tweeted a link to an ongoing fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation: Tampa Bay's Cut For A Cure Campaign. Thompson is attempting to raise as much money as possible for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and in exchange, he'll be shaving his head on April 7th. Thompson is only one of six Tampa Bay Lightning players that's a part of this campaign, including Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Teddy Purcell, Victor Hedman, and Ryan Malone:

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Vincent Lecavalier: "It's very humbling to me personally to see the emotional strength and courage of the children I meet who are battling cancer. I am shaving my head for all kids who are battling this disease and to let them know they're not alone and that there is hope."

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Martin St. Louis: "I am honored to shave me head in support of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at All Children's Hospital. Every time I step on the ice I fight a battle, but nothing like the battle that children face when diagnosed with cancer. I have three young boys and I can't imagine hearing the words 'your child has cancer.'"

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Nate Thompson: "Cancer is a very scary word for children and their families. Cure is a word I'd like to always see in the same sentence. If shaving my head can help find a cure and lessen the suffering for these kids, then count me in."

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As a huge sports fan and a survivor of childhood cancer myself, I love it when athletes use the platform given to them to advocate for a cause...especially this one. So far these players have raised nearly $1,000 combined, so why don't you help them out?

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(Rays fans out there, Wade Davis is also participating in this fundraiser, but he's yet to raise any money. According to him, "I look forward to standing on the mound for my first start of the season, taking my hat off for the National Anthem and being bald and proud!")

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