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Colts cheerleaders go BALD to help cancer-struck coach Chuck Pagano

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Two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders shaved their heads during today's game against the Buffalo Bills.

But the curious hairstyle wasn't a new fashion trend - the pair were raising money for leukemia research after the team's head coach was struck down with cancer in September.

Attending his second straight home game since he was diagnosed, Chuck Pagano received a standing ovation from the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd with 11:23 left in the fourth quarter.

Shaved heads: Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders walk with Colts mascot Blue after the two women had their heads shaved in support of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano

Shaved heads: Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders walk with Colts mascot Blue after the two women had their heads shaved in support of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano

Team owner Jim Irsay walked outside his box with Mr Pagano and the two waved to Colts fans who have supported the coach in his battle.

In response to the cheers, Mr Pagano said: 'Thank you. Thank you,' tapping his chest.

Mr Pagano, who has lost his hair as he undergoes treatment, has not been involved with the usual day-to-day operations since being diagnosed with leukemia on September 26.

A sell out crowd turned out at the stadium for the game, as well as to show support for their much-loved coach.

Before: Cheerleaders Crystal Ann, left, and Megan M, right, before their heads are shaved

Before: Cheerleaders Crystal Ann, left, and Megan M, right, before their heads are shaved

In it together: Colts mascot Blue shaved the heads of two Colts cheerleaders during the 4th quarter on Sunday

In it together: Colts mascot Blue shaved the heads of two Colts cheerleaders during the 4th quarter on Sunday

Hair: The girls hold their locks after being shaved

Bald: The girls hold their locks after being shaved

It was the second game Mr Pagano has come to since taking an indefinite leave of absence two months ago, after his diagnosis.

Mr Pagano watched the November 4 game with Miami from the coach's box and offered an emotional speech to the players following their 23-20 victory.

The Indianapolis Star reported that he watched a portion of a November 16 practice and broke down the team at the end of the workout with a 'one, two, three, Chuck!'

His doctor said earlier this month that the cancer was in complete remission but his treatment is continuing.

Sick: Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, pictured in August, was diagnosed with leukemia in September Sick: Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, pictured left in August and right on Sunday, was diagnosed with leukemia in September
 

Sick: Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, pictured left in August and right on Sunday, was diagnosed with leukemia in September

Support: Mr Pagano, centre right, received a standing ovation at Sunday's game

Support: Mr Pagano, centre right, received a standing ovation at Sunday's game

Chuck Strong: Indianapolis Colts fans hold up a sign to show their support for the team's head coach

Chuck Strong: Indianapolis Colts fans hold up a sign to show their support for the team's head coach

Between the third and fourth quarters, two Colts cheerleaders - Crystal Ann and Megan M - shaved off their hair after a fundraising drive raised more than $22,000 for leukemia research.

With Mr Pagano in attendance, the Colts were able to beat the Buffalo Bills 20-13 to improve to 7-4 on the season and drop the Bills to 4-7.

Interim coach Bruce Arians said he wants Mr Pagano on the sideline for the Colts' December 30 regular-season finale against Houston at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The team also wants to reach the postseason so the head coach can perhaps return to his coaching duties, even in a limited capacity.

The 52-year-old has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy with another scheduled to begin on Friday, according to ESPN. He was released from hospital on October 21.

All smiles: Indianapolis Colts cheerleader Megan M has her head shaved by Blue the Colts mascot during the second half of the NFL football game

All smiles: Indianapolis Colts cheerleader Megan M has her head shaved by Blue the Colts mascot during the second half of the NFL football game

Standing in line: Crystal Ann, second left, stands with the rest of the cheerleading squad after having her head shaved

Standing in line: Crystal Ann, second left, stands with the rest of the cheerleading squad after having her head shaved

Spectacle: Teammates watch on and fans take pictures as Megan M has her head shaved in the name of charity

Spectacle: Teammates watch on and fans take pictures as Megan M has her head shaved in the name of charity

Spreading the cheer: Long-haired Colts cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills

Spreading the cheer: Long-haired Colts cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills

Before: Indianapolis Colts cheerleader Megan M smiles as she gets her head shaved

Before: Indianapolis Colts cheerleader Megan M smiles as she gets her head shaved



 

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