Two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders shaved their heads during Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Indianapolis Colts fans far managed to get actually more than $10,000 in donations needed for a member of the team’s cheerleading squad to shave her head.
After a fundraising drive raised more than $22,000 for leukemia research, on Sunday, Megan M. kept her word: she sat in a chair and had her hair cut in front of a sold out crowd in Indianapolis as a show of support with cancer-stricken coach Chuck Pagano.
The girl went through with the cut during the fourth quarter of the Indianapolis win over the Buffalo Bills. Another cheerleader, Crystal B., joined Megan in getting her head shaved. Blue, the mascot, started the sheering but handed the clippers to a more experienced stylist later.
TheĀ Colts website says that its mascot, Blue, challenged all of the team’s cheerleaders via Twitter to do it, and Megan and Crystal Ann accepted. Both were brunettes with hair that draped past their shoulders, but they couldn’t stop smiling Sunday as those locks dropped to the field. The money was raised through online donationsĀ and still is being accepted.
It was the second game for Mr. Pagano has come to since taking an indefinite leave of absence two months ago, after his diagnosis. Chuck Pagano received a standing ovation from 64,366 people at the Lucas Oil Stadium with 11:23 left in the fourth quarter as he was shown on the video screen.
Team owner Jim Irsay walked outside his box with Mr. Pagano and the two waved to Colts fans that have supported the coach in his battle. In response Pagano thanked everyone tapping his chest.
On November 4, Mr. Pagano watched the game with Miami from the coach’s box and offered an emotional speech to the players following their 23-20 victory, The Daily Mail reports.
“I’ve just had personal experiences with people who have had cancer,” Megan said about her attitude towards the problem.Ā “I’ve had mentors and family members and volunteer at Riley and met little girls who have lost their hair and beat cancer multiple times.
She continued: “Just seeing struggles they went through and how they could overcome that and still have confidence and fight this fight without their hair – they are really my inspiration for doing this.ā
Actually it seems that the whole Indianapolis community has joined the cause. TheĀ ColtsĀ have raised more than $250,000, and several local businesses also have collected and donated funds.
The Colts are giving fans an opportunity to show their support and send their well wishes to Coach Pagano and his family, as well as raise funds for leukemia research through a CHUCKSTRONG campaign.
According to the NFL, severalĀ ColtsĀ players, including quarterbackĀ Andrew Luck, and those who work for the organization already shaved their headsĀ in support of first-year coachĀ Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed with leukemia on September 26 during week 4 of the disease and has undergone aggressive chemotherapy
The doctor of the 52-year-oldĀ said earlier this month that the cancer was in complete remission but his treatment is continuing.