NFL Cheerleaders Take It All Off
Colts cheerleaders, Megan M. and Crystal Anne sat side by side as their hair fell to the grass of Lucas Oil Stadium. The girls shaved their heads as part of a leukemia awareness campaign and cancer research fundraiser in honor of Colts Coach, Chuck Pagano, who has been battling leukemia. In November, the Colts mascot, Blue, issued a challenge to the cheerleaders: if $10,000 were raised for leukemia research, two of them would shave their heads. The goal was reached and Megan and Crystal followed through.
Pagano has recently finished his first round of chemotherapy. Though his doctors are pleased to confirm that he has gone into remission, they say they “cannot use the word ‘cured’ for at least four or five more years.” Even when things improve, there is uncertainty.
The much needed display of love and support by Megan and Crystal was one following others by the team. Earlier in the season, the Colts had their heads shaved and raised research money as well. The total amount raised to date is $22,000.
The Colts, newly bald, show their shiny craniums in support of their coach, Chuck Pagano.
It wasn’t long before the girls stepped up. They smiled wide while their hair was taken off. They went back to cheering afterward.
(left to right) Megan M. and Crystal Anne
Stories about cancer rarely evoke smiles. Most of them are saturated with bad news and the simple, pleading question, “Why?” To survive is not only a testament to medicine, but also to the courage of those stricken with the disease, and to the support of loved ones and of communities. Pagano clearly needn’t worry about a lack-there-of since Megan and Crystal (and the players) were eager and happy to shed their locks for him.