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

May 16-22, 2021

The Brian Demchak Hope Challenge, presented by PNC, 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 16th through May 22, 2021. 


Each participant will receive a race shirt and for the FIRST TIME – A FINISHER’S MEDAL in the mail. Participants fundraising online to help fill in the gaps with hope for patients and employees receive FREE REIGSTRATION if they raise $50, and a QUARTER ZIP PULLOVER if they raise $100!


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.

Individual:  Pre-registration through May 10: $35; After May 10:  $40

-Hope Challenge t-shirt

-Finisher's Medal





Family of Four:  $90

-(4) Hope Challenge t-shirts

-(4) Finisher's Medals




Individual and Fundraising:  Create a fundraising page and raise $50 for FREE registration

-Hope Challenge t-shirt

-Finisher's Medal

-Additional incentive prizes based on total raised


ONLINE FUNDRAISING: You can help support our patients, doctors and nurses on the front line even more by creating a fundraising page and asking your family and friends to donate. All fundraisers receive the official Brian Demchak Hope Challenge t-shirt, and your race registration is free if you set up a fundraising page and raise $50. Raise $100 or more and receive a St. Margaret Foundation quarter zip! Not sure how to create a successful fundraising page? Check out our fundraising tips. Once you're ready to set up your page, you can do so here.

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


Support our mission through a generous corporate or family foundation sponsorship. Opportunities range from $750-$5,000.

In Kind

Contribute a gift or gift certificate to the prizes we award the race winners.

Virtual Run FAQ

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

Peer Fundraising

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

How donations helped in 2020:

  • More than 1,000 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 more than 15,000 rides for individuals who could not otherwise get to the hospital or their doctors’ appointments.

  • During the COVID-19 crisis, nurses and employees who are on the frontline for our community every day and had unexpected childcare expenses due to daycare and school closures, received free box lunches for their children.  Employees who face urgent financial hardship receive support throughout the year.