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May 15 to 21, 2022

Better yourself while bettering others - St. Margaret Foundation's Brian Demchak Hope Challenge

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Pre-registration through May 8: $35

After May 8:  $40

  • Hope Challenge t-shirt

  • Finisher's Medal

Create a fundraising page and raise $50 for FREE registration. Raise $100 and receive a FREE SMF backpack cooler!

  • Hope Challenge t-shirt

  • Finisher's Medal

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The Brian Demchak Hope Challenge is an event that you complete at your convenience with people or pets you enjoy while filling in the gaps with hope for patients and employees at St. Margaret. No crowds, no traffic, no parking, no restroom lines, no 6:00 am alarm. Choose your own route outside, or on a treadmill, dance floor, or in a pool to complete a virtual 5K at 3.1 miles or a distance you prefer anytime from May 15 through May 21, 2022. Register by Friday, April 22 to ensure your preferred t-shirt size.


Why is your help important? Because being sick is difficult enough without having to worry if you have a ride to chemotherapy or treatment, or if you can pay for expensive medicine, home oxygen, walkers, insulin, and other items you need that aren’t covered by insurance. You fill in those heartbreaking gaps with hope and healing for patients of St. Margaret with your support.

Sponsors listed as of April 13, 2022

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PURPOSE: The St. Margaret Foundation's mission is to be a valued source of support for UPMC St. Margaret and the health and wellness of the communities it serves. During COVID-19 the Foundation also raised money to support patients, doctors, and clinical workers of St. Margaret Hospital.

When you sign up for the Brian Demchak Hope Challenge, the money you raise supports our initiative of wellness in the community and it helps those who are less fortunate by providing valuable services and resources to help them maintain their health.

Help us help the patients in the community by stocking St. Margaret's:

  • Food Pantry

  • Clothing Closet

  • Transportation vouchers for free transportation to Chemotherapy, Radiation and Other Treatments

  • Pharmacy vouchers for free medication

  • Patient Medical Equipment - Walkers, Hearing Aids, prosthetic devices, special shoes, humidifiers

How record-breaking donations helped in 2021:

  • Patients received medication, food pantry essentials, clean clothing upon discharge when their clothes had been destroyed in the Emergency Department during life-saving treatment, medical equipment, transportation to the hospital and doctor’s offices and much more.

  • Four Free Shuttles provided rides for individuals who could not otherwise get to the hospital or their doctors’ appointments.

  • Employees who faced urgent financial hardship receive support throughout the year.

Support our mission through a generous corporate or family foundation sponsorship. Opportunities range from $1,000-$10,000.

Access Frequently Asked Questions and tips for a "virtual run."

Share your support of the race and Foundation to all of your family and friends by creating a fundraising page!