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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.



A $5 million gift to UPMC Health System to establish the Mario Lemieux Centers for Patient Care and Research in 2001.
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The MLF donated a $3.5 million gift to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute to create the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers at the Hillman Cancer Center.
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In 2014, a $2.5 million gift to establish the Mario Lemieux Lymphoma Center for Children and Young Adults will allow for research of rare childhood lymphomas.
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