More courageous together.

Dedicated to cancer research, patient care, supporting families in challenging medical situations, and more, we give others a chance to win the battles they face.

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Run For a Reason

You can still run with Team Lemieux for all Pittsburgh Marathon events and raise money for the Mario Lemieux Foundation.  Choose any race and run virtually to win prizes and get Team Lemieux running gear!

Pens Charity Game on AT&T SportsNet Raises $3 Million

On March 7, Penguins fans raised $3 million for the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Mario Lemieux Foundation during the 9th Annual Penguins Charity Game on AT&T SportsNet.  

Thank You to Our Community Heroes

We asked you to tell us about your heroes that are working through the COVID-19 pandemic to do good by the community. Here are the faces of our community heroes!

Who We Are

The Mario Lemieux Foundation is dedicated to cancer research and patient care. Since inception, we’ve committed over $31M for our programs and built 38 Austin’s Playrooms for children and families in challenging medical situations. We strive each day to give others a chance to win!

Cancer Research

The Mario Lemieux Foundation’s ultimate goal is a cure for cancer. Our commitment is to blood cancer research and patient care. We have ongoing projects at the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and at the Mario Lemieux Lymphoma Center for Children and Young Adults at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Different Ways to Help

Amazon Wishlist

Support Austin’s Playrooms by purchasing new toys, games, and books on our Amazon Wishlist!

Club 66

An exclusive, members-only group, Club 66 encourages Pittsburgh’s young professionals to champion Mario Lemieux Foundation initiatives.


Share your time and talents in support of Mario Lemieux Foundation initiatives. We’re always looking for motivated volunteers to give assists in the office, or during special events.

What would you do if you had three children: two well kids and one in the hospital with a threatening medical condition? That’s the experience Mario and Nathalie had with the birth of their son Austin, in 1996. At that time, they had two toddlers under the age of three, with a newborn that spent 71 days in the NICU. It was after this personal experience that Mario and Nathalie recognized the need to help other young families facing challenging situations in medical facilities, and the idea for Austin’s Playrooms was born.

Making a Difference

With a focused game plan and clear goals, the funds we raise together can have a game changing impact in countless lives.


Gifted to Cancer Research
and Patient Care


Austin’s Playrooms Serving Children and Families


of Every Dollar Directly Supports Foundation Programs