Indianapolis Colts come caroling for sick children at Riley Hospital for Children

Caroling brings perspective, comfort

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts continued their commitment to making a difference off the field Tuesday by caroling at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Known for their toughness on the field, Colts players showed their softer side, going room to room along with cheerleaders and mascot "Blue" to spread holiday cheer to children like Analeis Garcia, who is battling cancer.

"I think it was amazing what they do here. I think she was highly surprised," said Monica Watkins, Analeis' aunt.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said singing for sick children helps keep the team grounded.

"When you come to the hospital, you see the real-life problems, and it does provide a sense of perspective," said Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. "Hopefully, we can provide some comfort."

"I don't think we sound very good, but it's exciting. It's awesome to come in and see the kids and see their smiles," said Colts offensive tackle Joe Reitz. "Hopefully, our singing doesn't hurt their eardrums too bad, but it's a great day and it really puts into perspective what things are all about, what the holidays are all about."

While their pitch wasn't perfect, a Colts visit was a happy moment for dozens of families that desperately need a pick-me-up.

"She just had her chemo last night, so she's kind of sad and tired. It made her wake up a little," said Kacy Parker, whose 21-month-old daughter, Ava, is at Riley. "We just found out, so it's kind of been devastating for our family, especially so close to Christmas. So it's nice that they can go around and brighten our day for just a minute."

Along with a song and a calendar, each child also received a gift.

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