Who says bald isn't beautiful? Don't tell that to Megan M. and Crystal B., two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders who agreed to have their heads shaved to benefit leukemia research during the Colts' 20-13 Sunday win over the Buffalo Bills at Indy's Lucas Oil Field. Of course, the fight to cure leukemia has been a major focus of this franchise since head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with the disease in September.
Earlier this month, over two dozen Colts players shaved their heads in a show of support for Pagano, who is undergoing chemotherapy to battle a condition that is in remission, according to recent reports.
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The cheerleaders got in the game when Blue, the team's overstuffed blue horse of a mascot, issued a challenge -- if he could raise $10,000 for leukemia research by Nov. 25, Megan would get her head shaved. Blue did better than that, raising over $22,000 on time. So Megan sat down for the buzz cut, and Crystal, who overcame leukemia as a child, joined her. Blue began the festivities before somebody more qualified took over.
"I've just had personal experiences with people who have had cancer," Megan told 24-hour News 8's Daniel Miller. "I've had mentors and family members and volunteer at Riley and met little girls who have lost their hair and beat cancer multiple times. Just seeing struggles they went through and how they could overcome that and still have confidence and fight this fight without their hair -- they are really my inspiration for doing this."
Megan and Crystal aren't alone. Local Great Clips salons are donating $10 to "Blue's ChuckStrong Challenge" for every person who agrees to have their heads shaved. Eight-hundred fans have had their heads shaved so far, and more than $250,000 has been raised for leukemia research by Colts representatives since the "ChuckStrong" campaign began.
If you would like to know more about the campaign, visit the "ChuckStrong" section of the Colts' official website.
The Colts organization is filled with high-quality people, but what makes this the feel-good story of the year is that one season after finishing with a 2-14 record and blowing up the organization in the offseason, this team has a 7-4 record and is in the thick of the AFC playoff race with interim head coach Bruce Arians.
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