501c3 Status

Muriel’s Breath of Life has taken a large step forward by being recognized as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization in 2014. Over the past 5 years, we have had a great partnership with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. This has allowed us to raise money under their auspices but did limit our flexibility to some degree. We are excited to now have this tax designation. Of course we still have the close relationship with Children’s Foundation. All of the money that we raise is still donated to the foundation and distributed through the social workers at both the adult and children’s clinics. We are still a family driven organization with a fairly narrow but consistent focus. This designation allows us to better recognize our donors and serve those in need.

Community Service Award

PITTSBURGH – The Muriel’s Breath of Life Foundation will received a Community Service Award given by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Pittsburgh trial lawyer Paul Lagnese accepted the award on behalf of the foundation, which he and his family established. The foundation provides financial assistance grants to patients undergoing treatment at the Antonio J. & Janet Palumbo Cystic Fibrosis Center-Adult Program, which is part of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Read More

CD Available! - Rememberin' Muriel

is proud to announce the release of its latest cd 'Rememberin' Muriel'. The proceeds from its sale are going to the Lagnese Family Foundation, Muriel's Breath of Life, to support the care of persons afflicted with Adult Onset Cystic Fibrosis, the terrible malady that Muriel, my late daughter-in-law, suffered.

The CD includes eighteen songs from the great American Songbook by such great composers as George Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael, with vocals by Debbie Zugates on Love Is here to Stay , You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You and Evergreen , as well as instrumentals on such great standards as Stella By Starlight , The Nearness Of You , Time after Time , Shadow Of Your Smile , I Should Care and many more.

~ Joe Lagnese |

How to order : The CD can be acquired for a donation of $20 (includes postage) to Muriel’s Breath of Life by check to the address below, or via paypal as directed on the donation section .

Please make checks payable to : Muriel's Breath of Life
Mail to : Joe Lagnese, 3066 Woodland Road, Allison Park, PA 15101

Cookin', Recollections and Recipes of Joe Lagnese

Cookin', Recollections and Recipes of Joe Lagnese, is a cookbook from Joe Lagnese, Sr. The book chronicles Joe's Italian heritage and how it has spawned his interest and has influenced his approach to cooking. Aside from the many requests from family and friends to put into writing his cooking experiences, the major impetus for the book has been to raise funds for Muriel's Breath of Life. The book is available for a donation of $25 which includes postage. Checks should be made out to Muriel's Breath of Life and mailed to Muriel's Breath of Life, 310 Grant Street, Suite 720, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Payment can also be made via PayPal using the email address