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Putting college traditions to good use by supporting cancer research

November 17, 2010

Three weeks into November and it's looking a little hairier on the Colorado State University campus, and the hair is for a good cause. The nation-wide college tradition of no-shave-November has inspired Men's Lacrosse Mustache Madness, an annual fundraiser for cancer research.

Lacrosse teams give back

Collegiate lacrosse teams, including the CSU Rams, are growing out their facial hair across the country. “This is an opportunity to give back to our community,” Head Coach Alex Smith said. “We’re a family, we have fun together with events like Mustache Madness, but most importantly, we show our support for the greater lacrosse community.”

The CSU Men’s Lacrosse team is competing against more than 60 teams across the U.S. to raise money for the HEADstrong Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to funding cancer research and supporting families and survivors of blood cancer.

The organization was founded in honor of Nick Colleluori, a Hofstra University lacrosse player who died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2006 at the age of 21.

National effort

Since Nov. 1, members of the team have been growing their “staches” to draw attention and raise money for the HEADstrong Foundation. Nationally more than $33,500 for cancer research has been raised so far.

“Lacrosse is a tight-knit community, players from across the country all belong to the family,” Garrett Fugier, one of the team’s captains, said. “We need show our gratitude for our own health and support this organization.”

Participate in Mustache Madness

The CSU Men’s Lacrosse team aims to raise $500 for the HEADstrong Foundation in addition to sporting crazy facial hair this month. To participate in Mustache Madness and donate to the HEADstrong Foundation, visit and click on the Mustache Madness link.

Mustache Madness began last year to support the HEADstrong Foundation, a non-profit that supports survivors and families of blood cancer patients. The foundation was started in honor of a lacrosse player who died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006.

Sean Albert, a senior defenseman from Highlands Ranch, Colo., started growing his beard for Mustache Madness, raising awareness for the team’s participation in the fundraiser.

Contact: Diana Veatch
Phone: (303) 358-1760