Chicagoland Lax Getaway
For participating teams that are interested in helping support the HEADstrong Foundation further it’s mission in the Chicagoland area, the HEADstrong Foundation has created a secure way for your program to raise funds leading up to the event.
Our online giving portal powered by First Giving provides an opportunity for teams participating in the HEADstrong Foundation’s Chicagoland Lax Getaway to solicit pledges with the purpose of making a difference in their local blood cancer community.
The funds generated through the online giving process will help to further the HEADstrong Foundation’s service mission in the Midwest.
The HEADstrong Service Portfolio
- Raises awareness of blood cancer within the lacrosse community
- Supports efforts focused on finding a cure and generating funding for blood cancer research
- Grants financial assistance to families struggling with the hardships experienced by caring for a family member with blood cancer
- Awards scholarships and grants for student athletes with ambitions of entering the medical field
- Creates programming and services focused on the improving the quality of life for blood cancer patients and their families
The HEADstrong Mission
To carry on the legacy and vision of HEADstrong founder Nicholas Colleluori through advocating, fundraising and supporting those affected by blood cancer and working to eliminating it.
About the HEADstrong Foundation
The HEADstrong Foundation was created in 2006, in the wake of Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori’s inspirational 14 month battle against non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. During his fight Nick underwent intense chemotherapy, radiation, an auto immune stem cell transplant other experimental medicine to combat the disease. As a patient living with the disease Nick was determined to start a foundation focused on promoting blood cancer awareness and improving the quality of life for patients that would follow in his footsteps. From diagnosis Nick was an advocate for blood cancer; he wanted to make a difference and he chose the lacrosse community as the avenue to promote awareness because that was the community that so graciously supported him in his fight. While waiting to go into the operating room for a procedure Nick designed our foundation’s logo, a lacrosse stick on its side with a cancer ribbon around the HEAD. The color palette that Nick chose was “Lime green” represented Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and “royal blue and gold” which represents his alma mater, Hofstra University; his lifeline during his illness. On November 28th, 2006 Nick lost his battle to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma HEADstrong Foundation and has impacted the lives of thousands of people. The HEADstrong Foundation is our promise to our Nick.