— The Mario Lemieux
Foundation announced today the Bid for 66
on-line auction event to benefit cancer and neonatal research, will be extended through December 5, at www.mariolemieux.org. This special on-line auction is comprised of memorabilia from some of the most recognizable names in sports.
The following items, and many others, will be added to the Bid for 66 on-line auction:
Remember, the following items, and many more, are still up for bid:
- Hines Ward autographed Pittsburgh Steelers throwback jersey
- Sidney Crosby game-issued Pittsburgh Penguins jersey
- Phil Mickelson autographed Masters flag
- Tony Dorsett autographed Pittsburgh Panthers jersey
- Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational merchandise
To place a bid, or for additional information, log on to www.mariolemieux.org
. All proceeds from Bid for 66
benefit the Mario Lemieux
Foundation. The 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 cancer free and his experience lead him to focus on ways to assist those not so fortunate. He devotes much of his time to the Foundation raising funds to support the Foundation’s cancer and other important medical research initiatives.
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 a $5 million award to the renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, to establish the Mario Lemieux
Centers for Patient Care and Research. The Lemieux Foundation Board of Directors has designated the following University of Pittsburgh Medical Center entities as recipients of the gift: University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; Magee-Womens Hospital – Austin Lemieux Neonatal Research Project; and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
The Foundation’s most recent gift of $2 million to the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh established the Lemieux Family Center and served as the lead gift for the Children’s Home expansion. The Lemieux Family Center serves patients and families at the Children’s Home.
In line with the Foundation’s commitment to medical research, the Foundation has made commitments to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of western Pennsylvania, as well as Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Finally, in addition to the Foundation’s research projects, the Playroom Project initiative was established following Nathalie and Mario Lemieux
's personal experience while caring for their profoundly premature infant son at Magee-Women’s Hospital. It was then that Nathalie devised this idea to someday raise funds for playrooms at area hospitals in western Pennsylvania. The Playroom Project seeks to benefit families and improve the quality of a child's hospital experience whether as a visitor or patient.
The Mario Lemieux
Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization.