For Immediate Release
Getting a HEAD of Cancer
Contact: Michael Colleluori
Mount Sinai Middle School Girls Lacrosse teams hosted their 1st annual GREEN OUT
Holmes, PA- In an effort to raise awareness and support for the HEADstrong fight against blood cancer, the Mount Sinai Middle School girls lacrosse teams hosted their 1st annual GREEN OUT DAY on May 30th, 2012.
This event seeks to bring the local lacrosse community together to celebrate the game, honor those afflicted by the disease and raise awareness about the disease. While the event showcased some great competitive lacrosse, every team had the same opponent that day; blood cancer.
“Earlier this season I told my teammates about the HEADstrong Foundation, its founder Nick Colleluori and his RELENTLESS battle with cancer,” said 7th grader Veronica Venezia. “We played our last home game proudly wearing Lime Green to honor Nick and to raise awareness for Nick’s cause. He is truly an inspiration to everyone in the lacrosse community!”
Unfortunately, neither team won their game that day, but everyone was a winner because of the awareness they raised about blood cancer while having fun playing the sport of lacrosse.
HEADstrong Foundation works to advocate, raise funds for and to support those affected by blood cancer or working to eliminate it. HEADstrong Foundation generates funds for blood cancer research, distributes grants and provides assistance to patients and survivors of blood cancer. In addition, HEADstrong Foundation awards scholarships and grants for students with ambitions of entering the medical field. Founder Nick “Head” Colleluori” attended Hofstra University where he played lacrosse. While at Hofstra Nick was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While sick he began counseling other patients and began laying the framework for what would become the HEADstrong Foundation, in an effort to raise cancer awareness and help others and future patients that found themselves in a similar situation. In August of 2006 he even found the strength to play in one last lacrosse game. Nick passed away on November 28, 2006 at the age of 21. Even though he is gone, his memory and relentless determination lives on through the HEADstrong Foundation.