Kids help those who help others

Cheryl Colleluori reads from her book “Laced Together” to campers at Chesterbrook Academy in Chadds Ford Township.

It wasn’t a lot of money, but the youngsters at Chadds Ford’s Chesterbrook Academy raised more than $280 for the HEADstrong Foundation. HEADstrong is a charitable organization started by the Colleluori Family of Delaware County.

Cheryl Colleluori, left, accept a check for the HEADstrong Foundation from Chesterbrook Academy Principal Britt Carpenter.

Nick Colleluori was diagnosed with large B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2005 at 19 and he died at 21. According to his mother, Cheryl Colleluori, the foundation was Nick’s idea, having designed the logo and written the mission statement from his hospital bed while undergoing treatment. The foundation’s goal is to provide resources for cancer patients and their families.

Cheryl Colleluori carries out her son’s wishes and wrote a children’s book, “Laced Together,” about the relationship between Nick and his younger brother up through Nick’s treatment period. She read the book to some of the Chesterbrook campers on Thursday, July 19 before school Principal Britt Carpenter gave her the check.

Carpenter said it was truly a matter of “kids helping kids.” She said the fundraising effort was more than just asking parents to give money. There was a student art show and the kids ran a lemonade stand where they sold lemonade, pretzels and popcorn. The efforts raised $283.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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