TROY, NY (NEWS10) – Nick Colaneri was known as the police officer who fought hard to protect the community but also fought hard against his battle with cancer, and he won. Since Colaneri’s diagnosis last year, there’s been an outpouring of support for him and his family. Now that he is back on his feet, he wants to pay it forward and help others.
It was just last year when tons of people came out to shave their heads to support Nick Colaneri during his battle with cancer. Now, it’s Nick’s turn.
Nick Colaneri didn’t know where his life was heading when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Troubled by this news, local police departments and others cheered him on, with family right by his side.
“It was very trying and very difficult for us. But the doctors, the nurses and everybody else and their support really gave us a lot of strength and this is one of the ways we can pay back.”, said Nick’s dad Tim Colaneri.
To show that Nick wasn’t going through the battle alone, people shaved their heads. More heads were shaved Sunday at Park Pub, and this time Nick was in the chair.
“After you go through something like this, you have to give back”, said Nick Colaneri.
And again, his dad, Tim Colaneri, was right by his side.
“I think it’s fantastic. The RPI kids who came out and they’re all going to shave their heads. There’s a little girl who’s shaving her head along with her parents. I mean, it’s fantastic that everybody wants to help out”., said Nick Colaneri.
There was a long line of people of all ages, both women and men, who anxiously waited to give back to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
The Colaneri family has gone through their fair share of trials and tribulations and they want to pass on their strength to those who need it.
“You know, don’t ever give up. You can get through it. There’s a lot of support available”, said Tim Colaneri.
If you didn’t make it out to the head shaving event Sunday, you can still donate to the Troy Police Department or even online.
Click on the link below to donate to Nick Colaneri’s St. Baldrick’s foundation page: