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

Run with Team Lemieux in the Pittsburgh Marathon this May to raise money for the Foundation and be eligible for great prizes.

New Austin’s Playroom Opens at Saint Vincent

AHN Saint Vincent and the Mario Lemieux Foundation opened Austin’s Playroom at the hospital on December 12.

Save the Date: Penguins Charity Game on AT&T SportsNet is March 7

Purchase a Penguins Charity Game Bag March 7  to benefit the Penguins Foundation and the Mario Lemieux Foundation.

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