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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Mario Lemieux Foundation announced a specialty license plate program with proceeds benefiting medical research. 

The specialty plate features the Mario Lemieux Foundation logo and is available for any passenger cars, motor homes and trucks with a registered gross weight of 9,000 pounds or less in the state of Pennsylvania. The cost of a plate is $66.00.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this program, including a formal application and instructions, please email the Mario Lemieux Foundation at with your name, address, email, and a daytime telephone number.

All proceeds from the specialty license plates 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 will establish the Lemieux Family Center and serve as the lead gift for the Children’s Home expansion.  The gift is the largest in the Children’s Home history.  The Lemieux Family Center will serve the patients and families at the Children’s Home, and a new Austin’s Playroom will also be established at the new facility.

In line with the Foundation’s commitment to medical research, the Foundation has made a commitment to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of western Pennsylvania.  The Foundation has also made a $1 million gift to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for an endowed chair in pediatric oncology research.

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.


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