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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“Little Isaac is only 13 months old. He is currently hospitalized here at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC because of CF exacerbation. Isaac’s father is the sole breadwinner in the family, working as a construction laborer. Isaac’s mother is a stay-at-home mom who cares for both Isaac and his 5-year-old brother. Isaac’s hospitalization has been trying for the whole family. Isaac’s parents have been doing their very best to juggle everything, but with Isaac’s mother staying at the hospital consistently to be with Isaac, and his dad working full time and caring for Isaac’s brother, the family has had a hard time staying afloat financially. The assistance provided through Muriel’s Fund has been a tremendous help for the family. The support provided through the fund helps Isaac’s mom afford the cost of food and other incidentals while she’s here in the hospital with Isaac. And the fund also helps to cover the travel costs incurred by Isaac’s dad as he and his 5-year-old son make the daily trips to and from the hospital to see Isaac. Muriel’s Fund has been an integral resource for the family – making his experience a little less stressful for all of them. The family remains so grateful for the help.