Lemieux Foundation, UPMC join forces on $5 million lymphoma center

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The Mario Lemieux Foundation and UPMC are partnering on a new $5 million center dedicated to rare and hard-to-treat cases of childhood lymphoma.

The Mario Lemieux Lymphoma Center for Children and Young Adults, funded by $2.5 million from the Lemieux Foundation and matching funds from UPMC, will be housed at Children’s Hospital of UPMC in Lawrenceville and led by Linda McAllister-Lucas, chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

“I was fortunate to have a type of lymphoma that has proven treatments with good outcomes,” said Mr. Lemieux, referencing his 1993 diagnosis of Hodgkin’s disease. “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.”

The center will focus on clinical care, as well as laboratory and clinical research. It will begin operations immediately out of existing space at Children’s Hospital.

“The support of the Lemieux Foundation gives us the ability to enhance our basic and clinical research in a way that could lead to improved and potentially new treatments for patients around the world who currently have very limited options,” said Dr. McAllister-Lucas.

Anya Sostek: asostek@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1308.

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