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December 4, 2012

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Colts cheerleader visits Sagamore-Indy West

PLAINFIELD —  

Colts cheerleader Megan M. took time this week to visit with students to talk about her decision to shave her head.

It is a requirement by the Colts program that she not have her last name published while she is a cheerleader.

John Crane is the executive director of Sagamore Student Leadership Initiative. He recently learned he had a personal connection with Megan and was able to ask her to speak to his group.

“We asked Megan to come tell her story and explain to the students about how she is using her platform to make a difference,” Crane said.

He used the opportunity to speak to students about how they can influence others.

“You may not even realize the impact you may have,” he said. “Can you tell us the story of how this all happened?”

She said the cheerleading team has been affected very personally by cancer.

“One of my teammates lost her father and one of my other teammates’ mother is fighting cancer right now,” she said. “I had actually had a dream that Blue shaved my head.”

She said after the dream she spoke with a few of her teammates and thought it would be a good idea. Megan set up a meeting with team leadership to talk about shaving her head.

“I was talking about it and was told they thought it might be too extreme,” she said. “I didn’t want it to look like I was just trying to get attention so I dropped it and canceled my meeting.

“Then coach Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Blue sent out an e-mail to all the cheerleaders asking if any of us would be willing to shave our heads to show support for coach Chuck Pagano. I thought ‘this is a sign from God.’ I asked my employer if it would be OK and of course it was. Then I asked my boyfriend and he didn’t hesitate.”

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