This is Evie’s second time performing for the Limelight Gala. Her first time was in Philadelphia just after America’s Got Talent. This year because of COVID, the event was done virtually.
HEADstrong’s virtual event is hosted by Fox29’s Good Day Philadelphia co-anchor Thomas Drayton celebrated the 25-year career of Jacqui Melott, a devoted frontline oncology nurse at the Abramson Cancer Center of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The event also honored the courageous Delaney Unger, a 14-year old whose dancing career was halted when she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and her triumphant return to fulfilling her dream of dancing much in part to receiving rotationplasty surgery. HEADstrong also recognized the relentless efforts of the Radcliffe family of West Chester, PA, who have embarked on an incredible journey in partnership with the HEADstrong Foundation, through the creation of the Charlotte Grace Fund, to help local families overcome by pediatric cancers in loving memory of their daughter, who bravely battled Medulloblastoma, a malignant form of brain cancer.
Through the virtual event, viewers will have the ability to interact and contribute to the HEADstrong Foundation. Proceeds will underwrite a full year of lodging and comfort at Nick’s House, a guest residence that welcomes families to the City of Brotherly Love during the most critical, vulnerable and desperate time of their lives as they pursue lifesaving treatment only available in Philadelphia. In addition to the online program, the event featured an unbelievable silent auction featuring packages, memorabilia, experiences, luxury items.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only added a layer of complexity for those navigating a pre-existing cancer fight and delays in treatment have posed several challenges for those requiring necessary and time sensitive treatments. The economic impact has been equally devastating and the need for funding is at an all-time high.
The HEADstrong Foundation exists to improve lives affected by cancer. The organization was founded by Nicholas “HEAD’ Colleluori, a beloved student-athlete from the Philadelphia suburbs, who was terminally diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and created the organization from his hospital bed to serve as the resource that he wished existed for his own family during their greatest time of need. Colleluori was a D1 athlete at the time of his diagnosis whose battle was chronicled by ESPN, who used his platform to put forth tangible solutions to the everyday challenges of families living the reality of cancer.