The Indianapolis Colts are giving fans an opportunity to show their support for head coach Chuck Pagano, following Monday’s announcement of his leukemia diagnosis.
The team announced in addition to focusing on Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they will also raise awareness for leukemia research through the CHUCKSTRONG campaign.
Beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, fans can support Pagano by purchasing a special edition CHUCKSTRONG t-shirt, which can be purchased online through the Colts Pro Shop. On Saturday, Oct. 6, the $20 t-shirts will be available in both Colts Pro Shop locations. Proceeds will benefit leukemia research at the IU Simon Cancer Center.
Next Tuesday, limited edition CHUCKSTRONG campaign posters will decorate Central Indiana Huntington Bank branches and Colts Blue Friday events.
The Indiana Blood Center has also teamed up with the Colts for the campaign, encouraging fans to donate blood, which help restore strength in cancer patients after a chemotherapy treatment. Fans can give blood at any of the nine donor center from Oct. 9-13. While there, donors will be provided with cards to write a personal message to Coach Pagano.
CHUCKSTRONG wristbands will be given to fans in exchange for a donation outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate at the Colts’ October 21 game against the Cleveland Browns. Fans are asked to wear the bands in honor of Coach Pagano throughout the remainder of the season.
Fans who do not attend the Oct. 21 game can still donate to the cause by sending a check payable to the Indianapolis Colts Foundation with CHUCKSTRONG in the check memo. They can be mailed to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Attn: Colts Foundation, PO Box 535000, Indianapolis, IN 46253.
Fans looking to send cards and notes of encouragement to Coach Pagano and his family should send them to: Indianapolis Colts, Attn: Chuck Pagano, PO Box 535000, Indianapolis, IN 46253. Neither flowers nor balloons can be accepted – a donation to the efforts listed above should be made in lieu of flowers or balloons.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun