In April 2006, Elora Geier, a 7th-grader in the North Allegheny School District, lost her life after a courageous battle with Leukemia. Elora faced her illness bravely as she had faced so many other challenges in her life. Before she was two years old, she was hit by a car and sustained a brain injury. But her academic and physical struggles did not stop her “can do” attitude and loving spirit. Elora loved school, but required adaptive education. She especially enjoyed 5K races despite always finishing long after the other runners crossed the finish line. That never stopped her from encouraging others along the way.
In 2006, Elora’s parents, Dan and Leslie Geier, founded the Elora’s H.O.P.E. Fund. In September of that year, the first annual Elorapalooza Memorial 5K/1-Mile Run, Walk or Lollygag was held at Pittsburgh’s North Park Boat House. We have had 12 successful Elorapaloozas with hundreds of people participating each year and many local businesses, including Allegheny Health Network, supporting our cause. These events have raised over $170,000 and the proceeds supports blood cancer research, provides scholarship funds for local students majoring in Special Education and now also makes grants to cover non-medical needs of cancer patients and their families.
We are pleased to now be associated with the Pittsburgh Foundation as we continue our efforts to help others in memory of Elora. Thank you for your interest and continued support.
Dan & Leslie Geier
In 2015, Elora’s H.O.P.E. aligned with the Pittsburgh Foundation to establish a perpetual scholarship fund for future Special Education teachers. Additionally Dan and Leslie Geier have founded the Patient Life Committee at West Penn Hospital’s T7 Oncology Floor with proceeds from the fundraising efforts being directed there in hopes of providing non-medical support to patients suffering blood cancers.