BENEFITING: MARIO LEMIEUX FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: MARIO LEMIEUX FOUNDATION
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
Hi, family & friends!
First off, thank you for taking the time to read this and consider making a donation. I'm registered for the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon and the charity I chose to support this year is the Mario Lemieux Foundation. If you're unfamiliar with the foundation, please keep reading. They do two really awesome things with the money they raise:
1. Cancer research & patient care. In 1993, at the peak of his hockey career, Mario Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He's been cancer-free for 23 years and since then has been dedicated to raising money for those who face a tougher battle with cancer than he had. The Lemieux Foundation has given over $20 million to cancer research and patient care initiatives, including: $5 million to UPMC Health System to establish the Mario Lemieux Centers for Patient Care & Research in 2001, establishment of an Endowed Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with a $1 million gift in 2002, $3.5M to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute to open the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers at the Hillman Cancer Center in 2012, and $2.5M in 2014 to establish the Mario Lemieux Lymphoma Center for Children and Young Adults at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
2. Austin's Playroom Project. In 1996, Mario & Nathalie Lemieux's son, Austin, was born profoundly premature and spent 71 days in the NICU. While they were caring for Austin at the hospital, they realized there was nothing to engage his sisters, who were both toddlers at the time. It was then Mario and Nathalie realized a need for playrooms and began their plan to establish Austin’s Playroom Project. Austin’s Playrooms are created to give kids a chance to be kids during an otherwise stressful time. The playrooms allow families the ability to escape the burden of difficult or extended medical situations and focus on health and healing. So far, 32 Austin’s Playrooms have opened, including 3 military playrooms at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD; Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in CA, and Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in NC. A gift of $1.6 million to The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC established endowments for research, as well as provided funding for two new playrooms: an Austin’s Playroom on the sixth floor for in-patients and the Lemieux Sibling Center in the main lobby which is dedicated to patient siblings.
Please consider making a donation, even as small as $5 to the Mario Lemieux Foundation and its great causes. Thank you for your support and feel free to Click here to visit the Foundation's official website to learn more.