GR8 Inspirations: ‘Lady Fish’ creates fishing tournament to benefit breast cancer survivors

Lori Deaton

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — She’s known as the Lady Fish.  Lori Deaton was the first of only a few female fishing guides in Tampa Bay.

While out on the water one day she got hooked on an idea.

“I just thought, nobody is doing a fishing tournament for breast cancer, and the minute it hit my heart, it hit my head at the same time and I knew I had to make it happen.”

Now, going on nine years and with more than $400,000 raised, Hooked On Hope is giving cancer patients at USF Breast Health support for any post-operative needs.

“Lymphedema sleeves, drainage tubes, that type of thing. Since the community has supported us after all these years, we’re able to grow and our new grants program has really taken off as well,” Deaton said.

Deaton is a perfect example of a Gr8 Inspiration.  One person, leaving a really big footprint in Tampa Bay.  It’s something that Deaton herself never thought was possible.

“No no never,  I never did. I’m just thankful that I am and continue to do it for many, many years to come,” she said holding back tears.

Lori Deaton is quick to turn attention to the volunteers that work alongside her tirelessly to help make Hooked On Hope possible.

“We are never going to give up. We’re going to keep going, and we’re going to make a difference in so many lives and it’s just the greatest thing I’ve ever been a part of,” she said.

To find out more about Lori Deaton’s tournament and how it helps women across Tampa Bay, visit Hooked on Hope’s website.

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