By TRINA RUNNER
News & Journal Staff Writer
Approximately every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with some type of blood cancer. That startling statistic is why the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Pennsylvania and West Virginia decided to get creative about fundraising efforts. The Fifth Annual Pour for the Cure will be held on January 23rd at the U.S. Steel Building in Pittsburgh from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Each year, the event has sold out and this year it will be expanded to 350 tickets. The perfect antidote for cabin fever, the evening promises entertainment, food and drinks, all in the name of a good cause.
Food samples will be provided by the following vendors: Bar Marco, Bistro To Go, Brava Cucina Intaliana, Erins Fine Foods, Great Harvest Bread Company, Italian Pizza Village, Isanbul Café and Lounge, Local Bar and Kitchen, and Mulligans Sports Bar and Grill. Beer samples will be generously donated by Frank Feuher Wholesale.
Pour for the Cure will also feature a chance auction and music by DJ Mike Ley, a Pittsburgh favorite. Uber will be offering free rides after the event in order to ensure safe and responsible traveling.
“This is our biggest year yet,” said organizer Jennifer Juliano. “All funds raised will go toward research and local financial aid programs for patients.”
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Since 1949, they have been on a mission to find cures for blood cancers and keep patients educated and informed. Altogether they have donated over $1 billion toward to the cause.
The combination of entertainment, food, drinks, music, and auctions at the Pour for a Cure will turn a weekend getaway into a life-changing opportunity for those families who are affected by blood cancers.