Mario Lemieux Foundation
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 eight 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. To make a donation to the Mario Lemieux Foundation foundation please click
The objective of the Mario Lemieux Foundation is to fund promising research projects being conducted by the most talented scientists in the field. The Foundation’s most significant gift is the $5 million commitment to establish the Mario Lemieux Centers in Patient Care and Research in February 2001.
-The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
-Magee-Womens Hospital – Austin Lemieux Neonatal -Research Project
-McGowan McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
In addition to the monetary commitment, the Foundation, and Mario Lemieux specifically have given personal time to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In March of 2001, 9 year old Jack Eck joined Mario Lemieux on the ice for 30 minutes of passing, shooting, and skating. Eck was then introduced to other Pittsburgh Penguin players and received autographed equipment and a jersey.