By Danny Cox
The Indianapolis Colts franchise has truly banded together in support of Coach Chuck Pagano, who is battling leukemia. Not only did a number of players shave their head in support of their coach and also put together fundraisers to fund cancer research, but many others are joining in on the fight. Right after, fans came together and are also showing their support by shaving their heads for Pagano.
A step further has been taken.
Right after the third quarter of Sundays’ 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills, Colts mascot Blue pulled two cheerleaders aside and shaved their heads in front of more than 60,000 fans.
Megan M. and Crystal Ann sat down in front of the fans in Lucas Oil Stadium and on national television, and had their heads completely shaved.
“It was really overwhelming. People were cheering so loud and I could just feel the pride they had for our team that we were able to do something like this,” Megan M. told Fox News. “I think everyone hopes they can make a difference in their life and hopefully that’s what we did yesterday.”
Megan was chosen for the event after she responded to Blue’s Twitter challenge back on November 11, 2012. His challenge specifically asked for a Colts cheerleader to step forward and have her head shaved if he could raise at least $10,000 for leukemia research.
Well, Blue went ahead and did twice as much as he was hoping for and ended up with more than $22,000 for the cause. A lot of help can be attributed to the CHUCKSTRONG fund that was put together in Pagano‘s name to raise money for research.
All proceeds will end up going to benefit leukemia research at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center.
It was truly a sight to be seen on Sunday as the Colts won the game and Megan lost her hair.
All of Megan’s hair, including her long ponytail, will be donated to Locks of Love. For those not aware of the organization, it is a non-profit that provides hair pieces to children under the age of 21 in both the United States and Canada. These are children suffering from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair.
Crystal Ann didn’t want her fellow Colts’ cheerleader to be alone so she joined in and got her head shaved as well. The girls banded together even more by holding hands during the entire event.
Response to Megan’s unselfish act has been through the roof and she has received thanks from social media, groups, and tons of others. Megan though, doesn’t want the focus to be on her but on those who are battling cancer.
“I just shaved my head,” she said. “These people are going through the battle for their life and they’re really the ones who deserve all the praise.”
The loss of hair for Colts players, fans, and cheerleaders isn’t just because of the common thought that cancer patients lose their hair from treatments. Pagano has indeed lost his hair since being diagnosed with leukemia back on September 26, 2012.
So far, he has not been involved with any operations dealing with the Colts, but good news has recently come. In early November, Pagano’s doctor did say that the coach’s cancer was in complete remission.
One thing that has to be given to the Colts - as they are in somewhat of a rebuilding period – is that the entire franchise has class and heart.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.