Leukemia survivor shares personal success story, advice with Coach Pagano

Jason All, 35, says to expect 'ups and downs'

INDIANAPOLIS - Jason All, 35, is a leukemia survivor and a Colts fan. He was diagnosed in July of 2011 and immediately began chemotherapy.

He had the same form of leukemia as Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, and he is living testimony that it can be beat.   

He lost his hair during those treatments, but he said he was upbeat and positive with the support of his parents.

Today, he is in remission, but he still takes a multitude of different medications. 

He walks with confidence and has a message of hope for Pagano and his family.

"There are going to be down times and ups and downs through this," All said. "It is important for them to know how much support they have, not only from the cancer community, but Colts country and all across the state. We love our coach and we are behind him all the way."

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is behind the coach too. The group is hosting its major fundraiser, the Light the Night Walk, on Oct. 13 and hopes to raise half a million dollars.

"We fund some of the best research in the world. It is changing survival rates for patients," said Amy Kwas, with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. "We provide lots of services to patients, everything from direct financial assistance -- (we provided) over a million dollars in direct assistance to patients last year in Indiana -- (to) supportive service education programs and support groups."

The support for people with leukemia extends to the Indiana Blood Center as well. Its marquee proudly says it is a part of the battle against the disease. But the public must step forward.

"We need volunteers," said Dan Waxman, with the Indiana Blood Center. "We need people to come forward and to be blood donors every single day. We need 550 volunteers every day to meet the needs of our patients throughout Indiana."

Volunteers can donate blood every 56 days. 

People can also show their support for Pagano by purchasing a T-shirt to give back while saying, "Get well."

They're $18 and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
 

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