Virtual Event Shines Limelight on 3 Heroes in the Fight Against Cancer


June 4,2020


Name: Jennifer Hoffman

Phone: 610-461-5987 ext. 303

Email: [email protected]


Virtual Event Shines Limelight on 3 Heroes in Fight Against Cancer


(PHILADELPHIA) The HEADstrong Foundation, a Philadelphia-area based non-profit organization established to improve lives affected by cancer, will shine the limelight on two individuals and one family who continue their relentless efforts to make a positive impact in the cancer community during the 10th annual Limelight Gala, being held virtually for the first time on June 19, 2020.  The event is being presented by IBEW98.   

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The must-watch event honors Delaney Unger, Charlotte Grace (and family), and Jacqui Mellot – three individuals who championed HEADstrong’s mission in a variety of ways, and impacted their community by using their platform to bolster awareness, raise funds, or devote their time to assisting the families who need it the most. 

“The award recipients at the Gala are the embodiment of what our team works towards each and every day,” said Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President & Nick’s Mom. “In their own way, each is fulfilling the mission set out by Nicholas over a decade ago. Delaney is a true warrior, having overcome battles at a young age that many of us will never face. The Radcliffe’s are carrying the Foundation’s torch by engaging their community in remembrance of their daughter, Charley. And Jacqui . . . Jacqui was Nick’s primary care nurse at UPenn and her skillset is outmatched only by the empathy she shows to patients and families that she continues to work with. Year 10 of the Lime Light Gala is a milestone for the Foundation and toasting “10” keeps Nick’s vision alive as we build community to support the fighters, applaud the survivors, remember the taken and never ever give up hope.”

Delaney Unger (Long Island, NY) will receive the prestigious Nicholas E. Colleluori Award, given to an individual or family that reflects the values of the HEADstrong Founder, Nicholas Colleluori. Unger’s inspiring story exemplifies heroics and perseverance in the fight against cancer. At just twelve years old, Delaney was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer that was particularly grievous for one specific reason–Delaney is a passionate dancer. Facing the diagnosis the only way she knows how, with a powerful smile and a positive mindset, Delaney tackled her treatment head on and is currently chasing her tiny-dancer dreams once again.

In honor of their daughter Charlotte Grace, the Radcliffe Family (Delaware Valley, PA) will be receiving the HEADstrong Spirit Award which is presented to advocates committed to advancing HEADstrong’s mission in the fight against cancer. BJ (father), Jackie (mother), and Logan (brother) will accept the award in memory of their late daughter, Charlotte Grace who passed away from Medulloblastoma, a malignant form of brain cancer. To commemorate her life, the Radcliffe’s launched the Charlotte Grace Fund, a Fighter Fund supporting the HEADstrong Foundation. The main events are an annual 5k road race during the summer, and a charity golf outing during the fall, which brings the local community together to celebrate their daughter’s life and raise funds for future fighters.. 

Finally, Jacqui Mellot, a nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, will be celebrated as the 2020 HEADstrong Achievement Award recipient for dedication, compassion and excellence in the care of families in the fight against cancer. An oncology nurse for over twenty years, Mellot is now leading the charge in the battle against the disease as a nurse educator, sharing her expertise with the medical staff at UPenn. .

Proceeds from the Limelight Gala will allow the HEADstrong Foundation to continue its core services including financial, residential, and emotional support to patients and families affected by cancer.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, June 19, 2020 and join the HEADstrong Foundation as they deliver one of Philadelphia’s most uplifting events in support of those who need it most.  Event details can be found at The event will stream across Facebook (HEADstrong Foundation), Instagram (@HEADstrongFND), and Youtube (


Nicholas E. Colleluori Award 

Delaney Unger & Family

A Family Demonstrating Heroics and Perseverance In The Fight Against Cancer.

HEADstrong Spirit Award 

The Radcliffe Family 

BJ, Jackie & Logan (In Memory Of Charlotte Grace)

Advocates Committed To Advancing The HEADstrong Mission In The Fight Against Cancer.

HEADstrong Achievement Award 

Jacqui Mellott, BSN, RN

For Outstanding Advancements And Achievements In The Fight Against Cancer



By: Drew Haig