- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz is encouraging Indianapolis Colts fans to add a splash of orange to their outfit Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The stadium will have a lot of pink in it, as it’s the first game of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the team has been encouraging fans to wear pink as part of it since well before recent developments.
Orange is the color identified with the fight against leukemia. Mixing it into the game-day wardrobe is a nice way to acknowledge coach Chuck Pagano, recently diagnosed with leukemia.
The Colts announced other plans to honor Pagano with what they’re branding a CHUCKSTRONG campaign.
Special edition CHUCKSTRONG T-shirts will be available online through the Colts Pro Shop beginning at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, October 5. The shirts will be available in both Colts Pro Shop locations (Circle Centre Mall and Lucas Oil Stadium) starting Saturday, October 6. Proceeds from the shirts will benefit leukemia research at the IU Simon Cancer Center. The T-shirts are $20 each and feature an orange ribbon with CHUCKSTRONG text.
Starting at noon ET on Tuesday, October 9, limited edition CHUCKSTRONG posters will be available at Central Indiana Huntington Bank branches and at upcoming Colts Blue Friday events. Here is a list of Central Indiana Huntington Bank branches. Here is a list of upcoming Colts Blue Fridays.
The Colts and Indiana Blood Center are also encouraging fans to show their support for Pagano by donating blood at any of the nine donor centers from Oct. 9-13. Cancer patients may receive red blood cells and platelets to boost their cell counts and restore strength after a chemotherapy treatment. In treating APML, Pagano’s diagnosis, plasma from volunteer donors may also be transfused.
Throughout the five days, Indiana Blood Center will provide cards for donors to write a personal message to Pagano. “In Honor of Coach Pagano” stickers will also be available to wear, photos of which fans can then share on Facebook and Twitter using a special hashtag: #CHUCKSTRONG. CHUCKSTRONG posters will be available to all participants from October 9-13. Fans interested in donating blood can head here to schedule an appointment at an Indiana Blood Center donor center in Avon, Carmel, Columbus, Fishers, Downtown Indianapolis, Greenwood, Lafayette, Muncie and Terre Haute.
A game day collection benefiting leukemia research is scheduled for the Colts October 21 game versus the Cleveland Browns. Volunteers will be accepting donations outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate. All funds raised will benefit leukemia research at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. Additionally, the Colts will distribute CHUCKSTRONG wristbands, while supplies last, outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate before the Browns game. A donation of $1 per wristband is suggested to support leukemia research. Fans are asked to wear the bands in honor of Pagano throughout the remainder of the season.
Fans not attending the October 21 game can donate to the cause by sending a check payable to the Indianapolis Colts Foundation, a Section 501(c)(3) organization, with “CHUCKSTRONG” indicated in the check memo. Checks should be mailed to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Attn: Colts Foundation, PO Box 535000, Indianapolis, IN 46253. All funds will be donated to leukemia research at the IU Simon Cancer Center.
Fans looking to send cards and notes of encouragement to Pagano and his family should send them to: Indianapolis Colts, Attn: Chuck Pagano, PO Box 535000, Indianapolis, IN 46253.
Details on all this are available at www.colts.com.