Taking Strides Against Blood Cancer…HEADstrong Introduces Team HEADstart Program

Taking Strides Against Blood Cancer…HEADstrong Introduces Team HEADstart Program

Holmes, PA- In an effort to further their relentless pursuit of defeating blood cancer the HEADstrong Foundation has announced the launch of their newest initiative, Team HEADstart. The program encourages and incentivizes supporters to participate in endurance events across the country while representing and fundraising for the HEADstrong Foundation.

This charity endurance program challenges individuals to take a public stance against blood cancer through running, walking, cycling, climbing, swimming or through participation in a 5k, 10k, ½ marathon, full marathon, duathlon or triathlon.

Register yourself and your endurance event today at www.HEADstrongfoundation.org, click on the Team HEADstart icon and you will be linked to the HEADstrong Foundation’s data management system powered by Firstgiving. Build your profile, set your fundraising goals and begin training. Participants are encouraged to document their experience using their fundraising page to promote the mission and fundraising effort on behalf of the HEADstrong Foundation. Once the event and fundraising page are completed registered participants will receive a complimentary Team HEADstart Pinny and signature Laces for Lymphoma.

On Sunday April 29, 2012 Chris Moyer President of SME Group will be taking a step towards defeating blood cancer by being the first person to participate in a Team HEADstart event.

“I have accepted the challenge to raise funds for the HEADstrong Foundation by competing in the St Anthony’s Olympic Duration Triathlon in St. Petersburg, FL. I’m honored to be the first competitor of the HEADstrong Foundation’s Charity Endurance Program, Team HEADstart. I am motivated daily by Nick Colleluori’s story and having known him personally, his memory provides an extra push to for me to succeed and overcome both struggles in gym and in the office. I will be competing in this event, specifically for Nicholas, and for anyone else who has ever been touched and affected by blood cancers.” – Chris Moyer

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.
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