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The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team continued its tradition of growing mustaches in November while helping out in the battle against cancer. This year, the Royals outdid themselves on both the facial hair and fundraising fronts.
The Royals raised more than $7,000 as part of the HEADstrong Foundation's Mustache Madness campaign, an annual fundraising effort that benefits the programs and services provided by the foundation to support those affected by cancer. Lax Stache Madness is the foundation's social media driven fundraising campaign that encourages lacrosse players and teams to grow, draw or simply wear a mustache in effort to raise money for the cause. To find out more, visit https://headstrong.org/.
The team's goal entering the campaign was to raise $7,000. By the final day of the month, the Royals' total was $7,887, making them one of the top fundraising teams and helping them win the national "stache-off" over the final week of the campaign.
The HEADstrong Foundation was founded by the late Nicholas Collelouri, a Hofstra University men's lacrosse player who was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a blood cancer affecting the lymphatic system, at the end of his freshman year. Shortly after his diagnosis, he created the HEADstrong Foundation to raise awareness and funds for cancer by empowering athletes to support his mission.
Mustache Madness was created by professional lacrosse player Ken Clausen while he was a senior at the University of Virginia. Looking for a fun way to get the sport involved in making a difference, the idea was formed to market his signature mustache as a way to unite lacrosse players during the offseason to raise funds to support the HEADstrong Foundation.