INDIANAPOLIS – The smiles on the kids’ faces when the Colts players walked into their hospital rooms on Tuesday morning were only rivaled by the ones that stretched across their parents faces.
To kick off “Community Tuesday’s” for the month of October,
“It’s just awesome to come here with Sergio, Jack and Blue and have a lot of fun with these kids,” Overton said following the visit. “Their days get brightened when we come and it’s a small gesture on our behalf. It’s really cool to spend some time with them.”
The Colts players, who were joined by Blue, greeted numerous patients while getting to know some of the patients in the cancer center.
When the players entered the room of Autumn Cameron, the Bloomington native’s eyes lit up.
Autumn is “extremely excited” to watch her favorite team play in person later this season but for now she was thrilled to meet a trio of Colts.
“She doesn’t get a whole lot of interaction with other people so this just brightens her day,” Angela Cameron, Autumn’s mother, said on Tuesday.
“To see her smile makes me happy. Just knowing that (the Colts) care and they take time out of their busy schedules to actually show how much the kids mean to them means the world.”
The joy shared by Autumn and her mother extended throughout the hallways which was a welcoming sight to Krista Hauswald, Child Life Specialist at the Riley Cancer Center.
“It’s really awesome to see the Colts here because they just allow the kids to be able to smile and that kind of makes their day,” Hauswald said.
“They are going to be talking about the Colts visit all day today and probably all week. Every time they come back they are going to be asking, ‘When are the Colts coming back?’
Being at Riley Hospital kicks off a busy month for the Colts in the community.
On the field, the Colts have just completed a 3-1 month to start the season but it’s days like Tuesday that really spells out what being a member of the Indianapolis Colts is all about.
“It makes our day,” Overton said of the visit. “These kids are an inspiration to so many people and it’s our pleasure to come out here and hangout with them.”
“It’s our way to get out in the community and pay it forward. Events like this, coming to Riley, are more special to me. We get to know these kids and build some relationships so it’s really cool, and being Breast Cancer Awareness Month this will be a big month for the Colts in the community.”