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Colts raise more than $650,000 for cancer research

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Inspired by coach Chuck Pagano’s in-season battle with leukemia, the Colts have become committed to raising money for cancer research.

On Friday, the effort to date topped $1.1 million, via more than $650,000 raised at the inaugural “Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala.”

The event, held at the team’s practice facility, included quarterback Andrew Luck throwing passes to anyone who contributed $1,000.  Luck threw 24 passes, presumably completing each of them.

“We’ve had a great partnership with [the IU Simon Cancer Center],” Colts co-owner Kalen Irsay told Cathy Kightlinger of the Indianapolis Star. “But [the center] also obviously holds a very special place in our heart because they saved [Pagano's] life.  He got the best treatment there.  I don’t think we could have asked for anything more.  And his family can attest to it the same way.”

A silent auction included a trip for 10 to a 2013 Colts road game in the Irsay jet, valued at an estimated $75,000.

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19 Responses to “Colts raise more than $650,000 for cancer research”
  1. truthfactory says: Apr 20, 2013 8:30 PM

    Cool story. So much B.S. going on in the world- its nice to hear about people putting their time and money to good use

  2. lennydpocketqb says: Apr 20, 2013 8:34 PM

    Noble. Kudos.

  3. jjb0811 says: Apr 20, 2013 8:50 PM

    Good news for us; bad news for cancer!

  4. rajbais says: Apr 20, 2013 8:53 PM

    Nice!!!! It’s even cooler to see it at a place where a fan can hold a nice face cut out of him!!!

  5. snarcasms says: Apr 20, 2013 9:03 PM

    If it wasn’t for his charitable efforts I would give Irsay every ounce of venom I had like a rabid snake from Baltimore. With that said, I am glad that he helps the less fortunate.

    He’s still a petty hypocritical joke of an owner but I’m glad he’s a giver.

  6. trevor123698 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:03 PM

    cancer is little more than a milti mineral deficiency disease. It is cured 50 ways over already people. its the food you eat that causes the cancer. Google “A World without cancer edward G Griffin” for the truth

  7. thesteelers says: Apr 20, 2013 9:23 PM

    This is probably the only good thing to come out of Indiana this year.

  8. onbucky96 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:28 PM

    Packer fan here but diggin what the Colts and Mr. Irsay are doing. On and off the field. Packers and Colts in New York in February…yeah, I said it. Chuck Strong and Go Pack Go.

  9. daddyb1gdrawz says: Apr 20, 2013 9:34 PM

    Ever noticed how all this cancer research money goes to the treatment and not the cure? I am sure billions upon billions of dollars have been dedicated to cancer research but there is no decrement in the number of deaths associated with it. I am happy the Colts raised money for the research but I question whether there is any motivation to find a cure. Afterall, there is more money in the treatment than the cure.

  10. mgavin78 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:53 PM

    The truth is not even half of that money will actually go to real research of cancer.

  11. polarbear71 says: Apr 20, 2013 10:23 PM

    As a father of a Daughter that had leukemia, thank you.

  12. thraiderskin says: Apr 20, 2013 10:31 PM

    That is excellent for the Colts, thank you for trying to do something great. The owner is still a tool-box, but what they are doing is awesome.

  13. geicocaveman says: Apr 21, 2013 12:30 AM

    not a fan of the colts, but with that said it’s very cool

  14. therealraider says: Apr 21, 2013 1:35 AM

    As a Raider fan.. I applaud the Colts organization for using their platform to support cancer research and contributing in a huge way toward someday discovering a cure.

  15. donny1rodriguez says: Apr 21, 2013 1:52 AM

    Chuck Strong is an 80’s R&B Singer.

  16. eviltwin007 says: Apr 21, 2013 9:14 AM

    It’s amazing how everybody on here will bash him, but yet when he does something like this everybody praises him? People he does this kind of stuff all the time. He’s always donating money to either a cause or to fans that follow him on twitter.

  17. andylucksneck says: Apr 25, 2013 9:30 PM

    After the event Pagano was overheard saying, “I would rather have died from cancer than have to coach ole mush mouth Angie Luck.”

    The colts suck!

  18. andylucksneck says: Apr 25, 2013 9:30 PM

    Indy’s number one fanboy.

    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 18, 2013 8:36 PM
    U mean IRG3, and the Washed-up-ington Failedskins will win maybe 5 games top this year, supreme fail HTTR-horrible team the redskins
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 18, 2013 10:51 PM
    Superbowl???? The best QB in the league?? Not!!! Come back to earth redkins fans, be humble , win games and playoff games, then put yourself in the upper echelon of teams, Luck knows he still needs to improve, does IRG3 think he does??? Arrogant ball corn

    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 20, 2013 9:49 AM
    im going to trademark ‘IRG3′
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 20, 2013 9:51 AM
    that company doesnt have anything to worry about, IRG3 will be a sandwhich artist is a few years, it might be after this year when he gets his phuney strawny neck broke or tear that knee up again
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 20, 2013 9:51 AM
    like i said from day1, IRG3 is a diva
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 20, 2013 9:57 AM
    IRG3 also wants to trademark his hoveround wheelchair, the one he would be using every offseason while hes rahabbing some major injury from the season before
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 20, 2013 10:08 AM
    im glad my team QB isnt focused on this type of stuff, hes focused on being the best young QB in the game, Luck will always be superior to IRG3, jersey sales and commercials dont make u great, its hard work and film study and making yr entire team better
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 20, 2013 10:30 AM
    Military brat from two retired SNCOs, respectful, articulate, college graduate, involved in politics, and successful….everything you’d want your son to be. Yet people in here are hoping he shreds his knee again and ends his career. Sad commentary and pathetic. The world (and black community in general) need more RG3s and less Russells/Vicks/Youngs…..
    that makes no sense!!! u mean the world need more Toms, is what u really mean!!!
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 20, 2013 11:25 AM
    didnt we get all this hype before from a certain player from virginia tech some years ago, remember the commercial the micheal vick expierience? and all they hype vick had and the 100 million dollar deals, isnt IRG3 just a copycat? the nfl was hyping vick up like he was the ressurection of jesus, but how that turn out? redskins fans,prepare to be let down
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 20, 2013 1:51 PM
    @peytonsneck18, for someone who hates Griffin so much you sure seem to have his Johnson buried pretty deep. Get off the man’s jock already, he has a woman
    im not a cave woman
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 20, 2013 1:57 PM
    Hey, if I were a fan of the Displaced Baltimore Colts, and lived where you live, I would spend every waking minute following the Redskins and their QB too
    u do know Indianapolis is alot cleaner and nicer than DC and alot less crime and violence, and the colts are and have been a better team than the Redskins, u guys are so annoying that every other team dislikes u guys just because of that, u should eat a slice of humble pie, it does a body and franchise good

    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 21, 2013 2:12 PM
    well captain flunk cousin better be ready all season cause IRG3 will be like D-rose, out all year!!!
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 21, 2013 2:15 PM
    well captain kirk has better be ready then, cause IRG3 will be out all year, all hype and not deserving!!!
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 23, 2013 12:52 PM
    a new QB, IRG3 will be out of league in 2 years top, and a new city, DC is raggedy
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 23, 2013 2:13 PM
    Fail!!!
    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 23, 2013 5:28 PM
    Redskins ……
    America’s toilet bowl winner

    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 23, 2013 6:27 PM
    IRG3…..akili smith 2.0

    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 23, 2013 8:16 PM
    redskins fans, get used to seeing yr so called franchise QB in that stance in that picture above, IRG3 will never be labeled as one of the greats

    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 23, 2013 8:18 PM
    last time redskins were relevant, ronald reagan was on his first term

    peytonsneck18 says:Apr 24, 2013 3:07 AM
    Redskins fans still wet the bed

    peytonsneck18 says:
    Apr 24, 2013 3:43 PM
    the IRG3 expierence will fail just as the mike vick expierience failed some years ago, both was just as hyped when they first came in the league and neither will ever sniff the superbowl unless they brought a ticket
    peytonsneck18 says:
    Apr 24, 2013 3:44 PM
    Just checked and guess what haters?????
    REDSKINS ARE STILL THE DIVISION CHAMPIONS
    wooow good for yal, your first one in how many years?………..yeah, thats right, sit back down!!!!
    peytonsneck18 says:
    Apr 24, 2013 4:41 PM
    andylucksneck says
    last time i checked this was a sports page not a english spelling course, boy u skins fans are real sensitive momma boys!!!
    peytonsneck18 says:
    Apr 24, 2013 4:43 PM
    the skins finally won their division since the first bush was in office and they act like they won the super bowl, child please!!!!
    peytonsneck18 says:
    Apr 24, 2013 4:44 PM
    i heard the redkins turf has a new song out about IRG3 knee, called “i tore it first”

  19. andylucksneck says: Apr 25, 2013 9:54 PM

    I am just glad that chuck won’t be 100% this year, and mush mouth is still the QB. Colts go 6-10 this year.

    HTTR!!!!!!!

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