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2017 Team Lemieux - PGH Marathon - Mario Lemieux Foundation - G. Hall's Cancer Crushers

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BENEFITING: MARIO LEMIEUX FOUNDATION

ORGANIZER: MARIO LEMIEUX FOUNDATION

EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017

EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017

Ben Verney

THE STORY:

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Friends and Family - 

It’s that time again - time to stretch out the legs and the wallets as I get ready to run in the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay to support the Mario Lemieux Foundation.  Running in this relay, and helping to raise money for the Lemieux Foundation, has become a sort of ritual that reminds me of how lucky I am to have had the incredible care and treatment from the Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers, and to have had the amazing support from all of you through that period.  This will be the fourth time we have raised money through the Marathon, and will mark the third anniversary of my diagnosis in March 2014.  I remain in remission, in good health, counting down to that 5-year mark when I'll be considered cured.

The Lemieux Foundation provides funding for patient care, like the state-of-the-art Blood Cancer Center at UPMC, and raises money for blood cancer research.  Mario's foundation has been raising money for cancer research and patient care ever since he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 1993 at the peak of his career.  I feel incredibly lucky that I received the wonderful, comforting care that I did at the Lemieux Center.  The least I can do moving forward is to raise money for this great organization.

 As you may know, my father-in-law Glen is also a blood cancer survivor.  His Multiple Myeloma also remains in remission, now going on 4 years since he was treated.  Glen will be running on the relay team with me once again, along with good friends Rob Trimigliozzi, Alex Zozos, and Brandon Asselin.  Pitch in what you can and support us for this great cause.

 

The link to donate is here - https://www.crowdrise.com/MarioLemieuxPitt2017/fundraiser/benverney

 

Alissa is also running the half-marathon and raising money for the Lemieux Foundation as well.  Her link is here if you want to show her some love as well!  https://www.crowdrise.com/MarioLemieuxPitt2017/fundraiser/alissarudolph

 

Needless to say, the cause of blood cancer awareness and research means a tremendous amount to me, Alissa, and our families. We're most grateful for all the love and support we have from all of you.  Thanks and much love - 

 

Ben

 

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MARIO LEMIEUX FOUNDATION wrote -

Join Team Lemieux at the 2017 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 12, 2017, at 11:59pm ET.  All runners can continue to fundraise through race day on May 7 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 23 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 - $1000

Half Marathon - $500

Full Marathon - $500

 

Fundraising Prize Package Qualifications:

 

Specific Race Fundraising Minimum

Team Lemieux Running Shirt & Team Lemieux Water Bottle

 

$1001-$1500

Team Lemieux Running Shirt & Team Lemieux Water Bottle

Mario Lemieux Autographed 8"x10" Stanley Cup Poster Plaque

 

$1501-$2500

Team Lemieux Running Shirt & Team Lemieux Water Bottle

Mario Lemieux Autographed 8"x10" Stanley Cup Poster Plaque

Penguins Coaches Duffle Bag

 

$2501 and Over

Team Lemieux Running Shirt & Team Lemieux Water Bottle

Mario Lemieux Autographed 8"x10" Stanley Cup Poster Plaque

Penguins Coaches Duffle Bag

Mario Lemieux Autographed Pittsburgh Penguins Jersey

 

Thank you for your support!

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

Click here to visit our official website.

$1,175

MONEY RAISED
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  • Tom, Danielle, and Corinne

    $50

  • Tony B

    $25

  • Holly Kalemeris

    $50

  • Joanne Connellan

    $50

  • President Verney

    $25

  • James and Jill Adams

    $100

  • Matt James

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Tom & Jackie

    $100

  • Ben and Olivia

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • madison

     

  • John Miller

    $100

  • Alex Zozos

    $50

  • Biggest fans!

    $50

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47% Raised of $2,500 Goal

The Team: $33,830 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Keith Bauer

Amount Raised

$3,300

 

110% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chuck Hull

Amount Raised

$2,616

 

105% Raised of $2,501 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ron Mauro

Amount Raised

$2,560

 

102% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Bob Wharton

Amount Raised

$2,550

 

88% Raised of $2,900 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lowell Murray

Amount Raised

$1,656

 

110% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ray Clegg

Amount Raised

$1,275

 

255% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ben Verney

Amount Raised

$1,175

 

47% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Colleen Huber

Amount Raised

$1,135

 

227% Raised of $500 Goal

Donor Comments

Biggest fans!

Biggest fans!

DONATION: $50

Enjoy the memories you have with the people that you love! 3 months ago

Alex Zozos

Alex Zozos

DONATION: $50

Good luck brother; Congrats on another strong year in the books 4 months ago

John Miller

John Miller

DONATION: $100

4 months ago

madison

madison

Because Verney is a fighter and the man! 5 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Ben and Olivia

Ben and Olivia

DONATION: $25

5 months ago

Tom & Jackie

Tom & Jackie

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

Ryan D'Agostino 5 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

5 months ago