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HEADstrong to Host Ceremonial Groundbreaking at Nick’s House Swarthmore, 7/6

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HEADstrong Foundation
Improving Lives Affected By Cancer
Contact: Pat Colleluori
Phone: 610-461-5987
Email: Pat@HEADstrong.org



HEADstrong to Host Ceremonial Groundbreaking at Nick’s House Swarthmore, 7/6

EVENT: Nick’s House Swarthmore Groundbreaking Ceremony
DATE: Thursday, July 6, 2017
LOCATION: Nick’s House Swarthmore
ADDRESS:  200 S. Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081
TIME: 11:00AM-12:00PM
HEADSTRONG MEDIA/SITE CONTACT: Pat Colleluori – (m) 610-952-8191 or Pat@HEADstrong.org
TARGET BUILDING CONSTRUCTION CONTACT: Bill Stevenson – (m) 610-656-5852 or Bills@targetbuilding.com
Brianna DiPietro – (m) 610-761-7069 or Briannad@targetbuilding.com

On Thursday, July 6th at 11:00AM EST, the HEADstrong Foundation alongside of building partners, local officials, esteemed members of the community and supporters will gather for a ceremonial groundbreaking to commemorate the start of construction and renovations at Nick’s House, Swarthmore.  The family home located at 200 South Chester Road in Swarthmore, PA will welcome patients, caregivers and their families seeking comprehensive cancer care and clinical trials in the region.  A full renovation of the home, originally constructed in 1893 will commence to meet the unique needs of patients and their families.  This will be the second family home operated by the HEADstrong Foundation in the region and will provide an additional 2,555 complimentary nights of comfort, support and respite annually.

It was the vision of beloved Delaware County native, the late Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori, to find a way to ease the anxieties and burdens plaguing families affected by cancer.  At just 19 years old, Colleluori himself was terminally diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and conceptualized the HEADstrong Foundation from his hospital bed.  The HEADstrong mission is to improve lives affected by cancer by inspiring change for real families, helping them to navigate their cancer journey with greater dignity, clarity, normalcy and quality of life.  With an emphasis on tackling the accessibly and affordability of care, which Colleluori recognized as one of the most critically underserved areas and the one most taxing on his own family the organization was born.  An encounter with a financially exhausted family who was living out of their car in the hospital parking garage, shed light on another major problem facing the patient population; the availability of treatment.  This particular family traveled more than 1,000 miles so that their loved one could receive a potentially lifesaving bone marrow transplant but with amounting medical, household and travel related expenses this family had exhausted all of their available resources and were literally backed into a corner.  The Colleluori’s, who had an empty bedroom, embraced this family, extending to them the comforts of home for the duration of their stay in the Greater Philadelphia area.  In the latter part of Colleluori’s own battle, he and his family were displaced to Bethesda, MD for a clinical trial.  Nick Colleluori passed away on November 28, 2006 and his last wish was for others to benefit from his experience and for his family to see the HEADstrong Foundation into fruition.

Each month, more than 200 families travel to the Greater Philadelphia Region seeking cancer related treatment.  The availability of Nick’s House can be the deciding factor for patients and families being able to pursue leading-edge therapies or deciding against continued treatment because of financial or family circumstances.  With an average guest family stay of 6 weeks, Nick’s House will relieve a family of more than $10,000 in out of pocket expenses and will serve as a great compliment to the medical landscape of the region.



Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President & Nick’s Mother
Pat Colleluori Sr., Nick’s Father
Pat Colleluori Jr, HEADstrong CMO & Nick’s Brother
Michael Colleluori, HEADstrong Vice President & Nick’s Brother
Daniel Colleluori, Nick’s Brother
David Calvaresi, HEADstrong Chairman
Rich Goodman, President, Target Building Construction
John Dougherty, IBEW 98
Bob Boland, IBEW 98
Don Conneen, Founder, Design Management & Construction, Inc.
Tim Kearney, Mayor of Swarthmore
David J. White, Delaware County Council & Owner, DWD Mechanical Contractor Inc.
Ben Austin, Current Nick’s House Guest
Pat Meehan, Congressman
Leanne Kreuger-Braneky, State Representative
Jane Billings, Swarthmore Borough Manager



The HEADstrong Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to improving lives affected by cancer.  HEADstrong is committed to helping patients and their families navigate their cancer journey with greater clarity, dignity, normalcy and quality of life.  We exist to serve as a direct support system and mentor to families who have been both financially and emotionally devastated by cancer.

Since 2007, HEADstrong invested more than $.90 of every dollar raised to evolve a service offering that is 100% committed to improving the quality of life for families affected by cancer. HEADstrong grants financial assistance, funds projects to improve the inpatient experience, provides meals and outlets of entertainment, delivers comfort kits, peer support and most notably operates Nick’s House.  Since our inception, HEADstrong has provided support, guidance and aid to more than 14,000 families.  (HEADstrong.org)



Originally opened in 2011, Nick’s House, is a haven of comfort for families seeking comprehensive cancer care in the Greater Philadelphia Region that is operated by the HEADstrong Foundation.  Nick’s House is a complimentary extended-stay family respite that provides lodging and support to patients, families and/or caregivers receiving cancer related treatment.  In 2017, HEADstrong expanded Nick’s House to encompass a second location providing an additional 2,555 annual nights of complimentary lodging and support annually.




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Cullinan Family To Memorialize Coach Pat Cullinan With Ripple Run 5K Supporting HEADstrong, April 30th

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HEADstrong Foundation

Improving Lives Affected By Cancer

Contact: Pat Colleluori  

Phone: 610-461-5987

Email: Pat@HEADstrong.org



Cullinan Family To Memorialize Coach Pat Cullinan With Ripple Run 5K Supporting HEADstrong, April 30th


CHESTERBROOK, PA – On Sunday, April 30th the Cullinan family will present the 1st Annual Ripple Run 5K/1M to honor the life and legacy of the late Pat Cullinan.  This is an incredible event for the entire family featuring a challenging 5K race and 1 Mile Run/Walk through Wilson Park.  Proceeds from the Ripple Run will support the HEADstrong Foundation and their relentless efforts to improve lives affected by cancer.  


Pat Cullinan was a teammate, coach, mentor and inspiration to several generations of lacrosse players.  A coaching career that spanned 20+ years from West Chester University to Saint Joseph’s University then to Downingtown East High School, Pat Cullinan was revered as one of the most dedicated and beloved lacrosse coaches in the region.  Pat Cullinan battled cancer relentlessly for more than 4 years before passing away on October 15, 2015.  His memory and legacy is carried on by all those that he coached and impacted.  Pat taught more than lacrosse, he taught life. “Head, Heart, and Hustle” was his motto on the field and off. As a coach he set a high standard, but to his players, he was an unsurpassed guide and example. He fought hard on the lacrosse field, and hard against the cancer that claimed him. Pat was the stone thrown into a calm pond; ripples from his presence touched everything and everyone in that pond, often bouncing off obstacles to go in another direction to touch other lives. With this Ripple Run, we will ensure he continues to shape and inspire more lives for many years to come.  To celebrate the life and legacy of Pat Cullinan his family is proud to present this amazing family friendly event.   

Ripple Run 5K/1M Details

WHO: Lace up, set a pace and finish the race in support of families affected by cancer.  The Ripple Run is a family event that includes a 5K Race open to participants at least 12 years of age at 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2017 (Rain or Shine)

8:00AM – Check-In and Walk-Up Registration

8:45AM – Dynamic Warm-Up

9:00AM – Ripple Run 5K Race begins on running course & Ripple Run 1 Mile Walk/Run begins on walking course

10:00AM-11:00AM – Raffle and Lite Refreshments

WHERE: Wilson Park – 500 Lee Road, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087

WHY: To help REAL FAMILIES devastated by the overwhelming costs of cancer, to provide lodging to families traveling to the Greater Philadelphia Region for comprehensive cancer care, to enhance inpatient accommodations at area hospitals and to empower families to live with a greater quality of during their journey.  You can be the difference.   

COST: $40.00

REGISTER AND FOR MORE DETAILS: https://www.runtheday.com/registration/race_info/coach-cullinans-ripple-run

START A FUNDRAISING PAGE/TEAM: https://pledge.headstrong.org/campaign/coach-cullinan-ripple-run-5k-run-1-mile-walk/c103340

“Pat Cullinan was an amazing man, a wonderful coach and an inspiration to us all.  The HEADstrong Foundation was a cause always near to his heart and we are truly humbled that his family has organized the Ripple Run to memorialize him, build upon his legacy by continuing to support our mission.  We hope that teams and athletes throughout the region will assemble and lace up in remembrance of Coach Pat Cullinan and the mark that he left on the world.” – Cheryl Colleluori, HF President & Nick’s Mom   


About HEADstrong Foundation


HEADstrong Foundation serves as a vital resource to families affected by cancer.  From diagnosis to a hopeful remission, HEADstrong plays a critical role every step of the way.  The organization was conceived by Hofstra lacrosse player Nicholas Colleluori in wake of his terminal diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Colleluori’s public fight from the sidelines captivated the nation and from his hospital bed he created an organization focused on empowering student-athletes to improve lives affected by the disease.  His vision was simple yet critical; helping real families when they needed it most, providing support so that families may live with a greater dignity and normalcy.  Colleluori fought to improve the inpatient experience, the affordability and accessibility of care and tackled the general concerns facing the patient population.  Understanding the ripple effect and impact that a cancer diagnosis had on a family, Colleluori championed efforts to support caregivers and capital projects to improve accommodations


HEADstrong invests more than $.90 of every dollar into a service offering 100% committed to improving the quality of life for families affected by cancer.  The organization has assisted more than 14,000 families having allocated more than $10 million in aid.


To donate, get involved or learn more please visit www.HEADstrong.org.  Follow HEADstrong Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at @HEADstrongFnd.  

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