September 1, 2008

Blogging for a Cause

I've been wanting to do this for a while, but could never decide on the right time to do so, but with the entire month of September being "Hockey Eve", I think this is the perfect time to hold this.

For September's 30 days, I'll be "Blogging for a Cause". What's that you ask? Well, for each post I put up this month, I'll be donating $5 to the Mario Lemieux Foundation. With training camps just two weeks away and the start of the regular season just over a month from today, I'm thinking this will be a busy month and you'll be seeing lots of posts.

I'm currently working with the Mario Lemieux Foundation to have some sort of donation graphic to be placed along the right-hand side where, if you or anyone you know, would like to make a donation, you can do so and enter in "Going Five Hole", so come October 1, we'll be able to see the grand total raised.

I encourage my fellow bloggers to join in on this, whether you want to do the same for the Mario Lemieux Foundation or a different charity that's close to you. What better way to raise money for charity than to do what we enjoy, talking sports.

Here's some more information on the Mario Lemieux Foundation:

"The Mario Lemieux Foundation was created in 1993 by hockey legend Mario Lemieux. In that year, Mario was enjoying the greatest season of his brilliant career and on pace to establish a new NHL scoring record. Then he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.

After a successful battle with Hodgkin's, Mario is now twelve years cancer free and his experience led him to focus on ways to assist those not so fortunate. He devotes much of his time to the Foundation raising funds to help reach the ultimate goal: a cure for cancer.

The main objective of the Mario Lemieux Foundation is to fund promising medical research projects being conducted by talented scientists. Among the donations made by the Foundation was a five million dollar gift to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to establish the Mario Lemieux Centers for Patient Care and Research in 2001 and a two million dollar gift to the Children's Home of Pittsburgh in 2005.

The Mario Lemieux Foundation has also established the Austin Lemieux Neonatal Research Project, in honor of Mario and Nathalie Lemieux's healthy son who was born prematurely. This grant supports research at Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in their Division of Neonatology and Developmental Biology.

Additionally, the Lemieux Foundation supports other organizations such as the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Leukemia Society, the Lupus Foundation and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh."

Thank you all for reading and I hope you can help further the cause here.

And, by the way, we just started the tally with this post here. So that's $5 to get things rolling.

Mario Lemieux Foundation total: $5

Ballhype: hype it up!

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