The gift will help fund the expansion of the hospital's survivorship program for patients who survive childhood cancer, the majority of whom have had leukemia and lymphoma, and enable the hospital to recruit an expert clinical researcher who can coordinate clinical trials of cutting-edge treatments for lymphomas. The center, which will be led Linda McAllister-Lucas, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the division of pediatric hematology and oncology at Children's Hospital, will focus on clinical care as well as laboratory and clinical research surrounding difficult-to-treat childhood lymphomas.
UPMC will provide matching funds to support the creation of the center, which will be named the Mario Lemieux Lymphoma Center for Children and Young Adults at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
The Lemieux Foundation was established in 1993 by hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, a lymphoma survivor and major supporter of Children's for years. "I was fortunate to have a type of lymphoma that has proven treatments with good outcomes," said Lemieux. "I want to create a place of hope for kids and young adults and their families who are diagnosed with lymphomas that have no known cures."