BEVERLY, Mass. – From October 19 to November 28, the Endicott men's lacrosse program will be participating in the HEADstrong Foundation's Lacrosse Mustache Madness, which is an online fundraising campaign encouraging student-athletes to toss their razors and grow their mustaches to raise funds to support families overcome by cancer.
As of October 17 (5:00 PM), the Endicott men's lacrosse program has raised $3,389, with a goal of reaching $5,000 by the end of the campaign.
To support the team and the HEADstrong Foundation's initiative donate here: Endicott Men's Lacrosse Fundraising Page.
Meanwhile, this year's fundraising goal for the HEADstrong Foundation is $315,000. Over the last 11 years, the campaign has engaged more than 24,701 donors having raised more than $1,413,284.75 to support families overcome by cancer.
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Lacrosse Mustache Madness was created by former professional lacrosse player and UVA standout Ken Clausen, who was inspired to use his own facial hair to honor HEADstrong founder Nicholas "HEAD" Colleluori, an NCAA lacrosse player from Hofstra University who was terminally diagnosed with cancer in 2005. Colleluori's public fight from the sidelines captivated the nation and from his hospital bed he created an organization focused on empowering student-athletes to improve lives affected by the disease. After enduring 14-months of treatment, Colleluori tossed his razor and grew a mustache in the last weeks of his life as an emotional buffer due to his declining physical appearance. In an uncontrollable situation, Colleluori's mustache was a positive buffer and conversation starter which was also a way for him to feel "normal" again.
Proceeds from the campaign aid families overcome by cancer and underwrite nights at Nick's House, a guest family home operated by the HEADstrong Foundation for families forced to travel in the pursuit of advanced cancer treatment and clinical trials.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)