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Our Work & Impact

Mission:

To improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families through providing essential services.

Impact:

Since 2007, the HEADstrong Foundation has raised over $9.1 million supporting 13,172 patients and their families.

Milestones:

2016

  • HEADstrong Foundation reached  $9 million mark
  • HEADstrong Foundation assisted over 13,100 patients to date
  • HEADstrong Foundation launches inaugural capital campaign
  • HEADstrong Foundation expands Nick’s House initiative
  • HEADstrong Foundation partners with USILA to establish NCAA collegiate lacrosse awareness week
  • HEADstrong’s Lacrosse Mustache Madness breaks fundraising records
  • HEADstrong Foundation forms Patient Advocacy Committee
  • HEADstrong Foundation receives resolution from Delaware County Chamber of Commerce for work in childhood cancers
  • HEADstrong Foundation President, Cheryl Colleluori receives the Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Award for Community Service
  • HEADstrong Foundation partners with STX

2015

  • HEADstrong Foundation reached  $7 million mark
  • HEADstrong Foundation assisted over 12,000 patients to date
  • HEADstrong Foundation published a children’s book, “Laced Together”
  • HEADstrong Foundation began online fundraising campaigns
  • HEADstrong Foundation named charitable partner of Teva Pharmaceutical

2014

  • HEADstrong Foundation President, Cheryl Colleluori, appointed to Abramson Cancer Center Advisory Board
  • HEADstrong Foundation recipient of the Hope Award
  • HEADstrong Foundation established annual giving campaign

2013

  • HEADstrong Foundation expanded patient services through HEAD2head program
  • HEADstrong Foundation received the Colonial Athletic Conference John H. Randolph Inspirational Award
  • HEADstrong Foundation named the charitable partner of NCAA Men’s Lacrosse
  • HEADstrong Foundation was inducted into the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame

2012

  • HEADstrong Foundation received the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Peter Kohn Award
  • HEADstrong Foundation named charitable partner of Major League Lacrosse

2011

  • HEADstrong Foundation opened Nick’s House
  • HEADstrong Foundation hires first employee
  • HEADstrong Foundation awarded research monies to City of Hope

2010

  • HEADstrong Foundation hosted inaugural Lime Light Gala
  • HEADstrong Foundation launched Lacrosse Mustache Madness

2009

  • HEADstrong Foundation started delivering Comfort Kits to patients
  • HEADstrong Foundation created the Nicholas E. Colleluori Lymphoma Research Fund at the Abramson Cancer Center

2008

  • HEADstrong Foundation partners with Brine Lacrosse and Warrior Sports
  • HEADstrong Foundation expanded patient services and launched HEADtable Program
  • HEADstrong Foundation partnered with Be The Match

2007

  • HEADstrong Foundation hosted its first fundraising event, the Nick Colleluori Classic
  • Introduction of HEADstrong awareness laces
  • HEADstrong Foundation started financially assisting patients through the Nicholas E. Colleluori Financial Grant Program.
  • HEADstrong Lacrosse Club debuts
  • A promised fulfilled, HEADstrong Foundation officially formed as a 501(c)3

2006

  • Nicholas Colleluori passed away at the age of 21 on November 28th
  • Nicholas Colleluori established the HEADstrong Foundation
  • Nicholas Colleluori recognized a lack of resources for cancer patients and their families
  • Nicholas Colleluori received a stem cell transplant

2005

  • Nicholas Colleluori was diagnosed with large B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and started treatment at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Nicholas Colleluori was a student-athlete at Hofstra University with his younger brother, Michael

“My name is Jessy Kyle and I am a three time survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  It was during my last battle that I met the HEADstrong family.  I received a stem cell transplant in November of 2009 and was in the hospital on Thanksgiving Day.  Annually, the HEADstrong Foundation™ provides Thanksgiving dinner for all of the oncology floors; feeding patients, their families, and staff at University of Pennsylvania.  I have witnessed firsthand how HEADstrong’s hard work has truly benefited people battling cancer and I am proud to say that I have spent the last 3 Thanksgivings with HEADstrong at Penn serving meals to the community I belong to.” – Jessy Kyle, HEADstrong Survivor

“In September of 2014, our sweet 14 month old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, completely devastating our family. Her health and diagnosis became complicated and we were forced to relocate to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, over 2 hours away. We had the privilege of moving to Nick’s house and meeting the Colleluori family. They welcomed us with open arms. My daughter loved to run freely with all of her toys and it was so amazing to see her be a toddler again, and not one attached to an IV pole or living in a 12 x 12 hospital room in isolation! We appreciate everything that HEADstrong has provided my family. They gave us a warm, loving home where we could continue to make memories as a family even when faced with tough hardships.” – Emily Garibaldi

“HEADstrong Foundation™ has had a tremendous impact in research initiatives done on behalf of blood cancer patients at the Abramson Cancer Center through the Nicholas E. Colleluori Lymphoma Research Fund. The fund has provided support for duel-time point PET imaging as a means to diagnose a patient with either Hodgkin Lymphoma or B Cell Lymphoma. Through this trial and its findings, patients can receive a diagnosis without having to go through a biopsy. HEADstrong has made an appreciable impact on the lymphoma patients of the Abramson Cancer Center as well faculty and staff.”

– Dr. Stephen Schuster, Director of the Lymphoma Program at Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

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