Donor Stories

Cheryl A. Colleluori HEADstrong Foundation

"My son Nicholas Colleluori was treated at the Abramson Cancer Center under the care of Dr. Stephen Schuster. He lost his 14-month battle to non-hodgkins lymphoma. He was 21 years old. We want to be able to give back to this wonderful institution that cared for him, and honor him every day for the rest of my life."

Nicholas “Head” Colleluori was a 2004 graduate of Ridley High School and Division I lacrosse player for Hofstra University. Nicholas was amazing person, an undersized athlete that was noted for his aggressiveness and relentless character on the field.

In his sophomore year at Hofstra University, after experiencing allergy like symptoms, he was diagnosed with Non- Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a vicious type of blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system. He battled the disease relentlessly for 14 months, undergoing intense chemotherapy, radiation, a stem cell transplant, and experimental treatments.

He was a true inspiration. While sick, Nicholas counseled fellow patients and continued to work out on a regular basis. He possessed such determination and drive that while undergoing treatments he found the strength to participate in one last lacrosse game in August 2006. Nicholas passed away on November 28, 2006 at the age of 21. Even though he is gone, his memory will live on forever with the HEADstrong Foundation. While Nicholas was fighting his disease he created the HEADstrong Foundation, and now after his passing, his family has continued his vision to share his illness with the public to raise funds and awareness of cancer and to help others affected by the disease.