INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, October 1, the Indianapolis Colts and their fans received word of head coach Chuck Pagano's diagnosis of leukemia. Over the past two weeks, the Indiana community has shown an outpouring of support for Pagano and his family. Through t-shirt sales, a blood drive and notes of encouragement, Colts nation has embraced the CHUCKSTRONG mantra.
This week, the Indianapolis Colts will continue their efforts to show support for Coach Pagano by turning the fountain at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center orange, the color of leukemia awareness, on Thursday, October 18, at 12:00 p.m.
Beginning Friday, October 19, orange CHUCKSTRONG wristbands will be available for sale through the Colts Pro Shop's online store at www.coltsproshop.com. The wristbands are scheduled to be available in both store locations in Downtown Indianapolis (Circle Centre Mall and Lucas Oil Stadium) by Sunday. The wristbands are $2 each with proceeds benefiting leukemia research at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center.
At the Colts home game on Sunday, October 21, the team will host a gameday collection to support leukemia research at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center. Volunteers from Indiana University Health will be stationed outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to collect monetary donations. The volunteers will distribute blue CHUCKSTRONG wristbands to fans who contribute to the cause, while supplies last.
Fans can also make a donation to leukemia research online in Coach Pagano's honor by visiting www.colts.com/chuckstrong and clicking the "Donate" button. Donations can be made via credit card or PayPal.
To date, more than $125,000 has been raised for leukemia research through the sale of CHUCKSTRONG t-shirts at the Colts Pro Shop. The t-shirts continue to be available for $20 each online at www.coltsproshop.com and in both Pro Shop store locations. Fans are encouraged to wear CHUCKSTRONG t-shirts to Sunday's game in honor of Coach Pagano.
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.
For more information on the CHUCKSTRONG campaign, visit www.colts.com/chuckstrong.