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Students write letters for Coach Chuck Pagano

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Students in Mrs. Helland's class in Brownsburg show their CHUCKSTRONG letters. Students in Mrs. Helland's class in Brownsburg show their CHUCKSTRONG letters.
Colts' Head Coach Chuck Pagano Colts' Head Coach Chuck Pagano
BROWNSBURG -

Fans of all ages continue to show support for Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, who is battling leukemia.

The CHUCKSTRONG blood drive started Tuesday at nine Indiana Blood Center locations. After donating, donors signed a card in support of Coach Pagano. Tuesday afternoon, some children, who weren't able to donate blood, wrote their own letters for their favorite coach.

Third graders at Cardinal Elementary in Brownsburg wrote personal letters to Pagano.

Samantha Belikan read what she wrote

"I am so sorry for you. I do hope you feel better. Did you know your team won a game against the Green Bay Packers. That's awesome."

The assignment was a chance for Mrs. Helland's class to apply practically what they learned last week in their writing unit with what's going on in the Colts community.

For Samantha, it was also a chance to tell Coach Pagano about her favorite outfit.

"Did you know that at our school we have Colts spirit day? I wear my pink Luck shirt," she wrote.

Eight-year-old Curtis Faughann is more focused on the game. Curtis knows Coach Pagano is sick, but he thinks his card will make the Colts coach smile.

"I watch you, and you are a good coach. If I was in football, I would want you as my coach," Curtis wrote.

Several other classrooms at Cardinal Elementary in Brownsburg also made personal cards Tuesday for the coach.

The Colts organization told Pagano has personally received every card sent from across the state, and across the country, while he battles leukemia at IU Simon Cancer Center.

The CHUCKSTRONG campaign has raised $90,000 for cancer research. Another 5,000 CHUCKSTRONG t-shirts are being printed to keep up with the demand.

The CHUCKSTRONG blood drive lasts until October 13th at all nine donor centers across the state. The Colts say 144 people donated blood on the first day of the drive Tuesday.

Colts' CHUCKSTRONG campaign

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