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Mario Lemieux Foundation

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Mario Lemieux Foundation funds cancer research, patient care, and establishes playrooms in hospitals. Also supports blood cancer research and young adults center.
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Program areas at Mario Lemieux Foundation

In august 2022, the Mario Lemieux Foundation made a $5,000,000 pledge to upmc children's hospital of pittsburgh to establish the Mario Lemieux institute for pediatric cancer research. The opening was held in october 2023. This new institute will focus on supporting future research leaders who will help generate new scientific breakthroughs and cutting-edge clinical trials in pediatric cancer research and translate that research directly to patients.
The Foundation also supports blood cancer research in both the clinic and lab. In 2014, the Foundation established the Mario Lemieux center lymphoma center for children and young adults at children's hospital of pittsburgh of upmc. This center, the first of its kind, treats patients with difficult-to-treat and rare childhood lymphomas. The center has increased access to care and cutting-edge treatments for all childhood lymphomas, while also bringing together a critical volume of patients with rare lymphomas for research studies that can have had a global impact on care. The annual commitment to this $2.5 million project is $357,000. The Foundation also supports hodgkin's disease research and patient care by providing funding to the Mario Lemieux center for blood cancers, located at the upmc hillman cancer center. In november 2018, the Mario Lemieux Foundation pledged additional support to the upmc hillman cancer center in a $5m gift for groundbreaking immunotherapy research and treatment. The Mario Lemieux immunotherapy center will expand and enhance innovative immunotherapy treatments for patients with certain types of solid tumors, both through research and personalized patient care. The immuntherapy center opening was delayed because of the covid 19 pandemic. However, the center for blood cancers remained open and served patients.
Ms. Lemieux expanded the Foundation's scope in 2000 when she created austin's playrooms following a personal experience while caring for her premature infant son at magee-women's hospital. As she and & mr. Lemieux were tending to their son, there was no place to provide a comfortable calming environment and engage his siblings. It was then that ms. Lemieux devised this idea to someday raise funds for playrooms at area hospitals. Since inception, 38 playrooms, have been established, with an additional five planned. In this fiscal year, one playroom was opened (st. vincent hospital-erie). Playrooms were closed in march 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic. However, because medical facilities were given a construction exemption, a full renovation of the sib center at chp was also accomplished (sept 20). Additionally other rooms were started with a december 2021 expected completion date. One playroom was opened in september 2021 at allegheny health network's wexford hospital. An additional room was opened in october 2021 at the watson institue, as well as a room at western psychiatric hospital (march 2022) and university hospitals rainbow babies and children's hospital in april 2022. A final room at naval hospital san diego was completed; however, awaiting the opening. Playrooms began re-opening in october 2022, and much of fiscal year 2023 was focused on maintenence and re-opening updates.the Foundation is committed to patient care and family support at the children's home of pittsburgh and Lemieux family center. The Lemieux family center is designed to be a home away from home where families are given the opportunity to spend one or more nights in a private bedroom with their child. While nesting, families can practice providing care on their own with guidance from the pediatric specialty hospital onsite. There is also an austin's playroom as well as several play spaces provided by the Foundation in this facility.
In september 2019, the Mario Lemieux Foundation made a $1 million gift, with matching funds from highmark health, to establish the Mario Lemieux research and innovation fund at allegheny health network's cardiovasvular institute's division of cardiac electrophysiology. This $2m investment will support medical research and the development of innovative therapies and technologies for heart rhythm disorders. The program continued during the covid 19 pandemic and made great strides in research.

Grants made by Mario Lemieux Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Upmc Children's Hospital Foundation (CHPF)Pediatric Cancer Research$4,564,958
University of Pittsburgh and Upmc Medical and Health Sciences FoundationGeneral Support$124,317
Rainbow Babies and Childrens FoundationPlayroom Expenses$76,707
...and 14 more grants made

Who funds Mario Lemieux Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Pittsburgh Penguins FoundationGeneral Support$834,854
Pittsburgh Penguins FoundationGeneral Support$834,854
American Online Giving FoundationGeneral Support$107,985
...and 34 more grants received totalling $2,047,594

Personnel at Mario Lemieux Foundation

Nancy G AngusExecutive Director$129,767
Andrew ParishMarketing Director$104,667
Thomas GrealishPresident$0
Nathalie LemieuxVice President$0
Charles GreenbergSecretary$0
...and 3 more key personnel

Financials for Mario Lemieux Foundation

RevenuesFYE 09/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$2,820,000
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$241,843
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-76,149
Net income from fundraising events$523,345
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$10,456
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$3,519,495

Form 990s for Mario Lemieux Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-092023-08-14990View PDF
2021-092022-07-07990View PDF
2020-092021-08-12990View PDF
2019-092020-12-10990View PDF
2018-092019-09-27990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 18, 2024
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $30,248 from The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania (UWSWPA)
February 3, 2024
Received grants
Identified 10 new grant, including a grant for $25,000 from Calligan Family Foundation
October 25, 2023
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $14,632 from The Blackbaud Giving Fund
October 10, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
October 9, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
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112 Washington Pl 1661
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Metro area
Pittsburgh, PA
Allegheny County, PA
Website URL
(412) 261-1842
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
T30: Public Foundations
NAICS code, primary
813212: Health and Disease Research Fundraising Organizations
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