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UPMC to match $2.5 million Lemieux grant for youth lymphoma center

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:10 p.m.
Mario Lemieux takes a look at a handmade Stanley Cup with Mikey Witkowski, 4, of Cecil, as a crowd begins to gather to celebrate a new partnership to establish a lymphoma center for children and young adults as people at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and Mario Lemieux Foundation are partnering to create the new center, which will be housed in the Lawrenceville hospital.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
Mario Lemieux takes a look at a handmade Stanley Cup with Mikey Witkowski, 4, of Cecil, as a crowd begins to gather to celebrate a new partnership to establish a lymphoma center for children and young adults as people at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and Mario Lemieux Foundation are partnering to create the new center, which will be housed in the Lawrenceville hospital.

The University of Pittsbugh Medical Center will provide a $2.5 million grant to match the $2.5 million donated by the Mario Lemieux Foundation to establish The Mario Lemieux Lymphoma Center for Children and Young Adults.

Lemieux foundation President Tom Grealish said Wednesday the center will be “like no other.”

“It will be the first of its kind to focus on clinical care, laboratory research and clinical research surrounding difficult to treat and rare childhood lymphomas,” he said. “There is an 80 percent cure rate. Twenty percent are not being cured. They're being told, ‘we're sorry, there's nothing we can do.' Not anymore. That stops today.”

Dr. Linda McAllister-Lucas, chief of hematology/oncology at Children's, said the center will begin operating immediately from existing facilities at the hospital.

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