Indianapolis takes night off from football to raise money for leukemia, lymphoma research

Michael Marot, The Associated Press
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts are using a free weekend to show more support for coach Chuck Pagano.

Organizers of a Saturday night fundraiser on the city's west side say they're hoping to raise $10,000 to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Indiana in Pagano's name. Pagano was diagnosed Sept. 26 with a form of leukemia.

Team equipment manager Sean Sullivan, owner of Sully's Bar and Grill, is raising money through cover charges and auctions for sports memorabilia that include signed jerseys from Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tim Tebow, and an autographed helmet from Dan Marino. Interim coach Bruce Arians and some players were expected to attend.

Earlier this week, dozens of players including Andrew Luck shaved their heads in Pagano's honour.