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.

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“Marcus is in his early 20s. Despite living most of his life with CF, he is new to the adult clinic because he did not believe he was sick enough to need any help. Unfortauntely, Marcus has gone many years without treatment and is now suffering from drastic changes to his health. Marcus lives independently and works in construction. He was very reticent to seek treatment because he did not want to take time off from his job. The nature of Marcus’ work made him particularly hesitant to seek treatment during the spring/summer months, because the warmer weather means steady work. During his first visit to the clinic in many year, Marcus’ physicians determined that he needed to be admitted to the hospital. Marcus did not want to go to the hospital because he had not yet earned the money he needed to make his rent of the month. The social worker was able to provide Marcus with funding from the Muriel’s Breath of Life Fund to cover the remainder of his rent fees for the month – giving Marcus the peace of mind he needed to agree to hospitalization. After a brief admission, Marcus was able to leave the hospital healthier than before, still in his own apartment. Marcus has successfully continued to follow up with the adult clinic and the social worker attributes his success, at least in part, to the wonderful support provided through Muriel’s Fund.