Helping Children & Adults with Cystic Fibrosis

Our Mission

The Lagnese family established the Muriel’s Breath of Life Foundation in 2010 to help close the financial gaps of care for people in the tri-state area of Pittsburgh affected by Cystic Fibrosis.

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Ease a family's burden by giving to the foundation to meet today's needs or to the endowment to protect the mission of Muriel's Breath of Life in perpetuity.

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Muriel’s Breath of Life is a non-profit initiative created by Muriel’s family and friends to honor the life and memory of Muriel Lagnese by helping Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families cover medical expenses and associated costs that are not covered by health insurance.

Funds raised by Muriel’s Breath of Life are administered by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and are intended for CF patients with special financial needs who are undergoing treatment at the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Care Program at UPMC’s Comprehensive Lung Center or the Antonio J. and Janet Palumbo Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.


Purchase a CD or a Lagnese Family Cookbook to support Muriel’s Breath of Life

To order a CD or a Lagnese Family Cookbook to support Muriel’s Breath of life, please […]

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2020 MBOL Golf Raffle

I am excited to announce the MBOL golf raffle for 2020. This year’s raffle presents a […]

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2019 Annual MBOL Picnic

The ninth MBOL picnic was held on September 2, 2019 at the Rose Barn in North […]

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“Joanna is a 32 yr old woman living with cystic fibrosis (CF). After doing poorly on a recent pulmonary function test, Joanna confided in her social worker that she was grappling with bad anxiety. The anxiety was affecting many facets of Joanna’s life, including her breathing test results. The social worker discussed methods for Joanna to attempt to reduce her anxiety levels. Joanna indicated during this conversation that she really enjoyed working out. She used to go to the gym regularly with a personal trainer. When the social worker asked Joanna why she no longer goes to the gym, Joanna admitted that she had to cancel her membership due to lack of funds. After moving out of her parents’ home and into her own apartment, Joanna could no longer afford both her gym membership and the cost of living independently. She considered asking her parents for money, but decided against it because her parents were already struggling with Joanna’s independence. The social worker was able to use the Muriel’s Breath of Life Fund to provide Joanna with six months of a gym membership so that she could reconnect with her personal trainer, and attempt to reduce her anxiety.