Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/1/12
From Press Release
In an effort to further its commitment to providing assistance and quality of life services to patients and families of blood cancer, the HEADstrong Foundation has proudly announced a new partnership with the Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County.
This new partnership will provide guests of Nick’s House with complimentary services at the Y. Families can come together to have fun and spend quality time with each other while swimming, working out or playing in the gymnasium. The Community YMCA is committed to providing these families with the resources they need to learn, grow and thrive during these challenging times.
The newly formed relationship is yet another step forward for their Nick’s House initiative, expanding their service offering to now include services with the purpose of nurturing both the physical well-being and mental health of patients and families going through treatments.
“Through our personal experience and through working with our patient and family network, we have learned the importance of maintaining a sense of normalcy and the importance of creating an temporary escape from the hardships that people deal with. The services provided through this partnership are invaluable and we are delighted to now offer them. We are extremely thankful to the Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware Country for opening their arms and embracing our cause and vision. Through the generosity and support of the community and organizations like the Community YMCA, Nick’s House is becoming Nick’s Village,” says Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom.
About the Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County
We are one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. In our community, we help over 35,000 men, women and children in Delaware County, Pa. – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 30 communities, the Y has the long standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information, visit cyedc.org.
About The HEADstrong Foundation
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.