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December 4, 2012

Bald and beautiful, inside and out

Colts cheerleader visits Sagamore-Indy West

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PLAINFIELD —

She said she sent a Tweet to Blue and agreed to do it. Blue and Megan set a goal to raise $10,000 for leukemia research.

Using social media and working with local media outlets, the duo was able to raise more than $22,000 in just two weeks. Sponsors like Ray’s Trash out of Clayton and Great Clips jumped on board.

The night before she was to have her head shaved another cheerleader, Crystal Ann, decided she would get her head shaved alongside Megan.

“She said, ‘I’ve been bald before — I can do it again,’” Megan said. “Crystal Ann had leukemia in 1992 and has been in remission since ‘95.”

Both ladies cut off their pony tails for Locks of Love.

Even with all of the press and social media attention prior to the big day, Megan said she was still very nervous that people would think she was just trying to get attention.

“I was really nervous,” she said. “Not about shaving my head — it’s just hair. I was worried people would think I was doing it for the wrong reason. But I just wanted to help end this disease.”

Megan read a text she received from Pagano to the group.

“Now, I’ve never read this to anyone else,” she said. “It just made me feel really proud to be a part of the Colts organization.”

She said this is the last year she will be cheering for the Colts and added that she’s made memories that will last a lifetime.

“I was able to cheer at Peyton’s last game and during the season we hosted the Super Bowl,” she said. “I also cheered for Andrew Luck’s first season. I’ve really had some fun.”

Megan is a occupational therapist and has spent time competing in Miss America pageants. She was Miss Indiana in 2008.

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