We are committed to raising $500,000 in 5 years to support the Austin's Playrooms initiative within the Mario Lemieux Foundation.
See our sponsorship materials under the Sponsorship heading and email Mo Bicic at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
The vision for Austin’s Playrooms was created as a result of Nathalie and Mario Lemieux’s personal experience while caring for their infant son, Austin. Austin was born profoundly premature and spent 71 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While they were caring for Austin, there was nothing to engage his sisters, who were both toddlers at the time. Austin’s Playrooms are created to give kids a chance to be kids during an otherwise stressful time. The playrooms allow families the ability to escape the burden of difficult or extended medical situations and focus on health and healing. More information about the Mario Lemieux Foundation's Austin's Playrooms initiative can be found here.
Giving Others a Chance to Win in Pittsburgh for 25 Years:
The Mario Lemieux Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research and patient care, as well as Austin’s Playrooms, an initiative that creates playrooms for children and families in medical facilities. Since 1998, the Lemieux Foundation has given over $25 million to cancer research and patient care initiatives in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. Recent projects include a $2.5M gift in 2014 to establish the Mario Lemieux Lymphoma Center for Children and Young Adults at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and a $3.5M gift to the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center to open the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers in 2012. Additionally, the Foundation has opened 33 Austin’s Playrooms in western Pennsylvania as well as three military playrooms at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in Camp Pendleton, CA and Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. More information about the Mario Lemieux Foundation and Austin’s Playrooms is available here.