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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society honors O’Connor Foundation

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| Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:00 p.m
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Gianna, Mario, Jenn and Paul Noro stand in front of the wheel of fortune at LeMont during the Vegas on the Mon event to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Eleven-year-old Mario was honored for his three-year fight with leukemia during the ceremonies. Nov. 6, 2014.
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Dealer David Gregg (far right) watches as Pittsburgh city councilman Corey O'Connor (far left) places a bet at the roulette wheel with his mother, Judy, sister Heidy O'Connor Garth and wife, Katie, at LeMont during the Vegas on the Mon event to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Nov. 6, 2014.
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Bert Dorazio tries his hand with Lady Luck at LeMont during the Vegas on the Mon event to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Nov. 6, 2014.

The enthusiasm that Pittsburgh’s late Mayor Bob O’Connor showed for his beloved city was returned tenfold by a crowd that came out en masse Nov. 6 to honor his namesake foundation during Vegas on the Mon, the annual gaming fundraiser hosted by theLeukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“People still stop and come up. I have a story every day. It’s amazing,” said his wife, Judy, joined by her sons, Corey O’Connor (with Katie) and the Rev.Terry O’Connor and daughter Heidy O’Connor Garth. The Bob O’Connor Foundation was the recipient of the Mark Unatin Winged Victory Award.

The evening also introduced perhaps one of Pittsburgh’s finest heroes, 11-year old Mario Noro, a leukemia survivor and shining example of unyielding bravery, strength and courage.

“I don’t think I’m a hero — I’m a little boy who just wants to have fun and laugh and have a bright, healthy future. I promise I will win this fight,” he said.

If there was a dry eye in the house, it was hard to find.

VIPs at LeMont included his parents, Jenn and Paul Noro and sister, Gianna, co-chairs Amy Jaffe-Mason and Grant Mason, Jeanne Caliguiri, David and Katy Caliguiri, and Jimmie Sacco.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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