I've been a member of the various forums for many years now, but I don't post much at all anymore. When Coach Pagano was diagnosed with Leukemia, I was saddened like many fans and cheered him on for a complete recovery. Little did I know at the time that I'd be receiving my own diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in a few short months.
I was admitted to the hospital on December 6th and transferred to the IU Simon Cancer Center on December 7th. Coach Pagano's battle turned from something I followed in the news to something I was living. His words about living in your vision and not in your circumstances is something I grabbed on to right away. Like him, I have two daughters that I will walk down the aisle. I will also see my son grow up, and will take him to Colts games. My vision is one of remission, of growing old with my wife, and my circumstances of a leukemeia diagnosis is not what defines me.
I am a season ticket holder, and have friends with season tickets as well. Two of my friends decided to auction off their tickets for the Houston game to help out my family Even though they didn't have to, the Colts ticket office offered to upgrade the tickets so that more money could be raised. I know football is a business, but I also know the Colts are active in the community and care about fans.
Thank you to the Colts Organization and Mr. Irsay for running a compassionate franchise. Thank you for hiring a coach that is an inspiration in the face of adversity. Thank you to the ticket office for graciously giving upgraded seats, so that more money could be raised. I couldn't be prouder to be a Colts fan and I look forward to a vision of long term remission for both Coach and I that includes multiple Lombardis ;)