Cheerleaders shave heads to support coach battling cancer


Darron Cummings, Associated Press

Watching two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders shave their gorgeous hair the other night in support of coach Chuck Pagano who has leukemia was awe-inspiring.

“It was really overwhelming. People were cheering so loud and I could just feel the pride they had for our team that we were able to do something like this,” cheerleader Megan M. told Fox News. “I think everyone hopes they can make a difference in their life and hopefully that’s what we did yesterday.”

Friend and co-cheerleader Crystal Ann joined Megan M. and the two held hands while their silky hair was sheared off and donated to Locks of Love in front of 60,000 screaming fans on national television.

The challenge was extended to Megan M. on Twitter when mascot Blue asked if one cheerleader would be willing to shave her head if he could raise $10,000 for cancer research. The amount ended up being more than $22,000.

“I just shaved my head,” Megan M. said. “These people are going through the battle for their life and they’re really the ones who deserve all the praise.”

I think it’s amazing that these women did that. Sure, it’s a wonderful gesture and the support is great, but it’s so much more than just a great story and publicity shot. These women are going to have to live with bald heads for several weeks, extremely short hair for several months, and it will probably take several years to grow their hair back to the pre-shaved lengths.

But they don’t care about that. They’re not focused on their looks or what people will think when they walk through the grocery store with scarfs on their heads or how long it will take to get back to “normal.” They wanted to do something for someone they cared about. What better Christmas present is there?

Say what you will about cheerleaders and who you think the stereotypical sideline screaming girl is, but I think these two women are showing America just how courageous a cheerleader can be.

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  1. Marti V

    Epic story. Inspiring, positive, rare. Thank you for sharing this great story. Really, everyone has a story. Who knows what those people all around us are carrying every day…

  2. Sentinel

    They are as beautiful without their hair as they were with it. Even more so because of the reason they shaved it off. Beautiful inside, beautiful outside. Great story.

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