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Cancer center gets gift from Lemieux Foundation to fund project

A $3 million gift from the Mario Lemieux Foundation has enabled the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC Cancer Centers to conclude a five-year, $100 million capital campaign, officials said Tuesday.

The money will establish the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Diseases at Hillman Cancer Center. UPMC matched the donations, to put $200 million toward the campaign that began with a $20 million gift from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation and the Hillman Foundation. The money will help with recruitment of physicians and researchers.

The Lemieux center will offer treatment for an estimated 25,000 patients a year with blood diseases. Penguins owner Lemieux, who chairs the foundation, said it has begun to focus on patient care "for those experiencing the same things I did during my journey with Hodgkin's disease."

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