Colts fans snatch up wristbands, make donations in support of 'ChuckStrong' effort for Chuck Pagano

Fundraising effort up to $125,000 so far

INDIANAPOLIS - It was all hands in Sunday for fans of the Indianapolis Colts supporting head coach Chuck Pagano and the fight against leukemia, which Pagano was diagnosed with three weeks ago.

The show of support came on the day Pagano was released from the hospital as he continues to battle cancer.

Numerous fans answered a call to raise money in Pagano's honor by purchasing wristbands or donating cash.

"My heart goes out to him and his family, and I hope he pulls through it," said Colts fan David Austgen.

"I support it a lot, and if I had $1 million, I would donate it," said fan Chandler Austgen.

Fans donated what they could, and many bought wristbands at the pro shop and around the stadium for $2. All proceeds go to the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center

Todd Johnson bought 10 wristbands.

"I'm just going to give them away as gifts to some friends of ours that just survived leukemia," Johnson said.

Sherrie Fraley and other fans of the visiting Cleveland Browns also showed their support.

"Cancer affects anybody, and so anybody needs to be a support, regardless of what fan you are, no matter what fan base you are," Fraley said.

Fundraising and support efforts were not just confined to Lucas Oil Stadium. Twenty percent of sales of Indianapolis-area Big Macs at McDonalds on Sunday were donated to the cause.

The ChuckStrong effort began earlier this month, with T-shirt sales and blood drives. Total donations have soared to more than $125,000.

Cards and notes of encouragement can be sent to Pagano at P.O. Box 535000 Indianapolis, IN 46253.

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