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2016 Team Lemieux - Mario Lemieux Foundation Pittsburgh Marathon - G. Hall's Cancer Crushers

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BENEFITING: MARIO LEMIEUX FOUNDATION

ORGANIZER: MARIO LEMIEUX FOUNDATION

EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016

EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016

Ben Verney

THE STORY:

Around this time TWO years ago, I was diagnosed with lymphoma.  Wow, time flies.  If you recall, what caused me to see a doctor was shortness of breath while I was training to run in the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay for the Mario Lemieux Foundation.  Of course, within a few days of that first x-ray at the doctor's office, I was sitting in the waiting room at the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers as a patient.
Before I had even started chemotherapy, I asked you all to support the Mario Lemieux Foundation by funding the relay team in the Marathon.  I originally was involved because Alissa's stepfather Glen, a multple myeloma patient, had started the relay team as a cool way to raise a little money to go to blood cancer research.  Coinciding with the news of my own diagnosis, we raised an astonishing $6,500 that first year - making me the top Lemieux fundraiser for the Marathon.  I couldn't run in the race, but your support of this cause then was incredibly moving to me, and it certainly lifted my spirits on race day 2014, when my path was truly unknown.  
Now, two years later - I'm still in remission, and things are returning to normal.  Running this race, and helping to raise money for the Lemieux Foundation, has become a ritual that reminds me of how lucky I am to have had the incredible care and treatment from the UPMC Lemieux Center, and to have had the amazing support from all of you through that period of struggle.


The Lemieux Foundation provides funding for patient care, like the top-notch surroundings at the Blood Cancer Center at UPMC, and raises money for blood cancer research.  You all know the story, but in 1993, Mario was enjoying the greatest season of his brilliant career when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.  His foundation has been raising money for cancer research and patient care ever since.  I feel incredibly blessed that I made it through the treatment process relatively unscathed and that I received the wonderful, comforting care that I did at the Lemieux Center.  The least I can do as I move forward is to raise money for this most personal of causes.

Needless to say, this cause means a tremendous amount to me, Alissa, and our families. We are all grateful that I'm well on my way to recovery.  But we're most grateful for all the love and support we have from all of you.  Thanks and much love - 

Ben

 

MARIO LEMIEUX FOUNDATION wrote -

Join Team Lemieux at the 2016 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and help us raise funds for the Mario Lemieux Foundation's cancer research initiatives and Austin's Playroom Project!

 

To sign up for Team Lemieux, click the JOIN button at the top of the page and choose to run the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 5K or Kid's Marathon.  You'll get your own fundraising page to share with all your amazing family and friends.  Once you reach your fundraising minimum, you will then be officially registered by the Mario Lemieux Foundation for your race.  The deadline to hit your fundraising minimum is April 30 at 12:00 noon ET.  All runners can continue to fundraise through race day on May 1 to win additional prizes.

 

To search for a Team Lemieux runner and make a donation to their cause, use the SEARCH field to find the individual's fundraising page.

 

To make a general donation to Team Lemieux, just click the big DONATE button.

 

All Team Lemieux runners are eligible for the prize packages listed below based on their fundraising efforts.  It's the least we could do to show our appreciation for their wonderful support!

 

The Mario Lemieux Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research and patient care, as well as Austin’s Playroom Project, an initiative that creates playrooms for children and families in medical facilities.  The Mario Lemieux Foundation was created in 1993 by hockey legend Mario Lemieux. In that year, Mario was enjoying the greatest season of his brilliant career and on pace to establish a new NHL scoring record. Then he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.

 

After a successful battle with Hodgkin's, Mario is now 22 years cancer free and his experience led him to focus on ways to assist those not so fortunate. He devotes much of his time to the Foundation raising funds to help reach the ultimate goal: a cure for cancer.

 

Minimum Fundraising Requirements

5K - $100

Kid's Marathon - $250

Relay - $750

Half Marathon - $500

Full Marathon - $500

 

Fundraising Prize Package Qualifications:

Specific Race Fundraising Minimum

Team Lemieux Running Shirt & Team Lemieux Running Accessory

 

$750-$1499

Team Lemieux Running Shirt & Team Lemieux Running Accessory

Mario Lemieux Autographed 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon Thank You Picture

 

$1500-$2499

Team Lemieux Running Shirt & Team Lemieux Running Accessory

Mario Lemieux Autographed 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon Thank You Picture

Mario Lemieux Autographed Pittsburgh Penguins Jersey

 

Over $2500

Team Lemieux Running Shirt & Team Lemieux Running Accessory

Mario Lemieux Autographed 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon Thank You Picture

Mario Lemieux Autographed Pittsburgh Penguins Jersey

Mario Lemieux Autographed 1992 Stanley Cup Final Canvas Ticket

 

 

Thank you so much for the support!

Please click here to view testimonials of 2015 Team Lemieux members!

Click here to visit our official website.

$1,650

MONEY RAISED
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  • James

    $100

  • The Kleshes

     

  • Carl & Joanne Connellan

    $50

  • Adam Weiss

    $150

  • Pike Prez

     

  • Zach Malone

     

  • Justin Wiseman

     

  • Tom Donahue

     

  • Chris and Alan Wirt

     

  • Evan, Julie and Ben Koch

     

  • Tom & Jackie

     

  • Ross Halleland

     

  • Brandon Asselin

     

  • jollyhollykal

    $50

  • Alex Z.

     

  • Ben and Kara

     

  • Matt James

     

  • Jared Adler

     

  • Ben and Olivia

    $25

  • Roy Powell

    $250

  • Trimigliozzi

    $25

  • Jason and Juliette

    $50

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110% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $43,170 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Bob Wharton

Amount Raised

$2,878

Fundraiser Title

Chuck Hull

Amount Raised

$2,512

 

167% Raised of $1,501 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Marsha Haley

Amount Raised

$2,415

Fundraiser Title

Suzanne Khalil

Amount Raised

$2,275

Fundraiser Title

Ben Verney

Amount Raised

$1,650

 

110% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jacob Artuso

Amount Raised

$1,626

 

163% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Charlie Young

Amount Raised

$1,616

 

108% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mohamad Ali

Amount Raised

$1,570

Donor Comments

Jason and Juliette

Jason and Juliette

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Trimigliozzi

Trimigliozzi

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Roy Powell

Roy Powell

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

Ben and Olivia

Ben and Olivia

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Jared Adler

Jared Adler

1 year ago

Matt James

Matt James

1 year ago

Ben and Kara

Ben and Kara

1 year ago

Alex Z.

Alex Z.

1 year ago

jollyhollykal

jollyhollykal

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Brandon Asselin

Brandon Asselin

1 year ago