The Colts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield honor fourth Hoosier Hero of 2012 Season





INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts are proud to announce a resident of Indianapolis, Ind. as a 2012 honoree of the Colts Anthem Angels program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Sheila Vinson was recognized at the Colts home game on Sunday, October 21, 2012, for her outstanding contribution to the community.

Five years ago, Sheila Vinson was 39-years old, bald, receiving chemotherapy and awaiting a bilateral mastectomy. She says she found her strength and courage through her family, patients and coworkers.

Before Sheila was diagnosed with breast cancer, she dealt with cancer on a daily basis as a pediatric oncology Registered Nurse at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Throughout Sheila's own battle with cancer, she missed little work and has always been known for going the extra mile for her patients. On her days off, it was not uncommon for Sheila to make a special visit to the hospital. One instance of Sheila's kindness was displayed when she personally delivered pizza and watched a Colts game with a young man whose family could not visit at the time.

Whether it be decorating her patients rooms for Colts games or giving her patients strength and inspiration by sharing her personal story, Sheila continually puts others needs first and selflessly gives herself back to her community.

"Anthem Angels…Honoring Everyday Heroes" was established by the Indianapolis Colts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to pay tribute to Hoosier "First Respondents" who may have received little or no recognition for the strides they have made to help others in human-service related professions.

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In honor of Sheila's heroism, she received four (4) VIP Club Seat Tickets to the Colts v. Browns game, a feature story with her photo in the Colts gameday magazine (the Scout), as well as on-field recognition at the game.

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Nominations are still being accepted for upcoming 2012 home games. For more information about Anthem Angels, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, please visit

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