The Drexel University Men’s Lacrosse Team participated in the 3rd Annual Nick Colleluori Classic on Saturday October 10, 2009, to help raise awareness about blood cancer. Nicholas “Relentless” Colleluori graduated from Ridley High School in 2004 and attended Hofstra University as a Division I lacrosse player. After experiencing allergy like symptoms during his young collegiate career, Nick was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a vicious blood cancer that directly affects the functioning of the Lymphatic system. Nick earned his nickname “Relentless” for his courage in battling the disease for 14 months before passing away, undergoing intense chemotherapy, radiation, a stem cell transplant, and experimental treatments. Nick’s intense courage and strong motivation to fight the disease is truly inspirational.
While undergoing treatments, Nick counseled fellow patients and continued working out, even finding the strength to participate in one last game in August 2006. His legacy lives on through The HEADstrong Foundation, established by his family to raise awareness about blood cancer and providing donations to various cancer research organizations in hopes of finding a cure.