Heart-Strong Mother, Lacrosse Brotherhood Make Headstrong Work

by Matt DaSilva | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

BALTIMORE — The Headstrong Foundation tent, in all its neon green glory, was like a bug zapper Saturday for coaches, players and fans alike at the 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion.

The convention opened its doors to the public for a four-hour window for Fan Fest, presented by ABC2 WMAR-TV. As Pat Colleuori peddled the foundation’s wares to the masses with messages like “Be Relentless,” his wife Cheryl and their sons Pat and Michael held court with throngs of well-wishers, potential donors and teammates of Nick Colleluori – their son and brother and the former Hofstra player who died in 2006 after a well-documented struggle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“Nick is the foundation,” said Pat Colleluori Jr. “The future is how we can help others.”

Good will, it turns out, spreads faster than cancer. And its Cheryl Colleuori’s heart-strong approach that has made Headstrong so successful.

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