South Lyon United hosts 2nd annual
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Getting a HEAD of Cancer
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South Lyon United hosts 2nd annual “Charity Game” to Benefit the HEADstrong Foundation
SOUTH LYON, MI- In an event to generate awareness, funds, and support for the fight against blood cancer, the South Lyon United Lacrosse Club completed its 2nd annual “Charity Game” on Wednesday, May 12 with proceeds benefiting towards the HEADstrong Foundation. Rival programs South Lyon United and Novi High School, face-off with South Lyon prevailing 12-11 in a hard fought matchup.
Leading up to the game, players from both sides sold and sported HEADstrong merchandise while bake sales and raffles were held by the parents in an effort that generates over $4,400. Lime Green was a force to be reckoned with that day, which is the signature color associated with the HEADstrong Foundation and is the National awareness color promoting non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the disease that claimed the life of founder Nicholas “Head” Colleluori in 2006.
“A lot of the kids had a chance to help out less fortunate people through the game,” said event coordinator Tom McKay. “It puts a really good perspective for how fortunate we are and how we need to keep working in the fight against blood cancer.”
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.