Colts cheerleaders get their manes shaved off

  • Updated: November 26, 2012 - 5:58 PM
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Colts mascot Blue shaved the heads of two Colts cheerleaders during the 4th quarter on Sunday in Indianapolis. The money raised, over $20,000, will go to Leukemia research at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS - Two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders have given up their beautiful locks for a good cause. The team's mascot had challenged all the cheerleaders to shave their heads if they each raised $10,000 for cancer research.

Colts players were the first to shave their heads to honor coach Chuck Pagano. Some fans followed, and then the two cheerleaders, who got their heads shaved in front of over 60,000 fans in Lucas Oil Stadium and on national television during Sunday's 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

"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."

Fellow cheerleader Crystal Ann held hands with Megan M. as she also got her head shaved. Their last names were withheld by the Colts as standard team policy.

Pagano has lost his hair since being diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 26 and has not been involved with the team's day-to-day operations since. His doctor said in early November that his cancer was in complete remission, according to the Associated Press.

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