Posted on 26. Nov, 2012 by Red
Colts’ Cheerleader Who Shaved Head ‘Personally Affected by Cancer’
The Indianopolis Colts’ cheerleader who had her head shaved in front of 60,000 cheering fans and a national TV audience had a very personal reason for agreeing to lose her locks to the team’s mascot for cancer research.
“I’ve had family members and mentors [with cancer] and I volunteer at a local children’s hospital and met little girls who lost their hair and saw the bravery that they possess and it was just something that I wanted to do to help reach others,” Megan M. said today on “Good Morning America.”
Megan, whose last name was withheld by the Colts as standard team policy, was the sole Colts’ cheerleader to accept a challenge sent out by Blue, the team’s mascot, via Twitter earlier this month to support head coach Chuck Pagano in his battle against leukemia. Megan agreed to lose her locks if Blue could raise $10,000 for cancer research by Nov. 25.
In just weeks, through fans’ donations to the CHUCKSTRONG fund on the team’s website, more than $22,000 was raised so Megan lost her hair at the start of the Colts’ fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. While Megan was the only cheerleader to publicly agree to the challenge, she was joined by fellow cheerleader Crystal Ann in shaving solidarity on game day, and the two held hands as they both went under the razor.