Two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders are now sporting bald heads in a show of support for coach Chuck Pagano as part of a challenge issued by the NFL team’s mascot.
Colts cheerleaders Megan M. and Crystal Ann took up Blue’s offer to shave their heads if he could raise $10,000 for cancer research.
Cancer has hit close to home for Indianapolis after head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia shortly before the start of the 2012 season. Pagano’s players have stood behind him, some even shaving their heads in support.
The cancer research fund-raising effort more than doubled the $10,000 goal set by Blue. The funds will be given to the IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Pagano’s honor, the team said on its website.
The money was raised through www.colts.com/chuckstrong, which is still accepting donations.
After the fund-raising goal was met, Colts cheerleaders Megan M. and Crystal Ann stood by their side of the agreement and let Blue shave their heads during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Colts game against the Buffalo Bills.
At the end of the game’s third quarter, the brave cheerleaders shaved off their brunette locks as Blue used a razor to shed their hair. You can view video of the now-bald Colts cheerleaders here.
Blue also posted a photo of the cheerleaders with their bald look on his Twitter page.
Megan said she was appreciative of people around the country who saluted her for helping raise cancer research funds.
“Thank you all for your support! The tweets are overwhelming! I will be sure to look at each one within this week. I'm feeling very blessed!” she wrote on her Twitter account.
Cheerleader Crystal Ann tweeted a photo of a knit Colts beanie along with two locks of her dark hair. She said the hair will be donated to Locks of Love, the nonprofit that uses donated hair to make wigs for chemotherapy patients.