Emmitsburg, Md. (December 12, 2017) – The Mount St. Mary's University men's lacrosse program helped raise $7,513 for the HEADstrong Foundation through Lax Stache Madness, an interactive online fundraiser that encouraged lacrosse teams across the country to help raise awareness and donations for the foundation, which supports blood cancer research and family support. The Mount men's lacrosse program raised the fifth-most in donations among Division I teams this year.
Lax Stache Madness was created by former professional lacrosse player Ken Clausen while attending the University of Virginia. Marketed around his signature mustache, he believed that growing facial hair was a great way to make a difference while paying tribute to HEADstrong founder Nicholas Colleluori. Colleluori was a Division I lacrosse player entering his sophomore year at Hofstra University when he was terminally diagnosed with cancer. His 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.
"I am grateful and humbled by our young men raising funds to support the HEADstrong Foundation, an organization that has demonstrated relentless compassion on its pursuit to finding a cure for all blood cancers while also helping families in need," said Mount Head Coach Tom Gravante. "As a survivor of a blood cancer disease and advocate for the HEADstrong Foundation and the Nicholas Colleluori family, I am so proud of our young men and their selfless efforts to be 'Men for Others' in need."