INDIANAPOLIS - In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Colts players ILB Jerrell Freeman, OLB Cam Johnson, ILB Henoc Muamba, OLB Andy Studebaker and OLB Bjoern Werner as well as Colts Cheerleaders and Blue visited Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. This was the sixth "Community Tuesday" of the 2014 season, which is an initiative geared towards leaving a positive impact in the Indianapolis community.
Colts players visited with over 50 patients currently battling cancer to share words of encouragement and spread joy. The hope was to free the patients from cancer worries and enable them to focus on the excitement of the visit. The players took a moment to learn about each patient's unique story, share words of inspiration and give thanks. Players took pictures and signed autographs to capture the visit. Each patient also received a Colts care package and limited edition pink poster.
The IU Health Simon Cancer Center visit was one of several Colts events related to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At the beginning of October, the team kicked off the month-long celebration with the "Pinking of the Canal" event and dedicated the October 5 home game to the NFL's "A Crucial Catch" initiative. Players also visited ten women who have been impacted by the disease during the annual "Pamper Her Pink" event.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Colts visited the IU Simon Cancer Center on Tuesday morning.
About Colts Community Tuesdays
During the regular NFL season, Tuesday is the only day off players receive. As a result, the Colts utilize every Tuesday to engage their players in various charitable events and programs throughout Central Indiana. From schools and hospital visits to blood drives and holiday outreach, Colts players participate in a wide variety of "Community Tuesday" activities throughout the season. Colts Community Tuesdays are supported in part by WTHR Channel 13.
About Indiana University Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
The IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is a partnership between the Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health. The facility not only provides the highest level of patient care, but is also specifically focused on research and education. IU Health Simon Cancer Center is the only patient care cancer center in Indiana to receive the National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, recognizing the facility for scientific excellence, for discovery and development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and for educating health care professionals and the public.