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Colts' cheerleader shaves head, others follow

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Colts' cheerleader Megan shaved her head Sunday to support leukemia research. Colts' cheerleader Megan shaved her head Sunday to support leukemia research.
INDIANAPOLIS -

In front of 60,000 people inside Lucas Oil Stadium and millions of people watching at home, a Colts cheerleader took it all off.

Megan shaved her head during Sunday's game against Buffalo. She told Eyewitness News she was happy to have fellow cheerleader Crystal Anne join her at the last minute, as well.

"To be able to have her with me, we were squeezing each other's hands so tight," said Megan.

Challenging the Colts community to raise $10,000 for cancer research, Hoosiers ended up doubling that number. Megan's bet with the team's mascot "Blue" become a national conversation. Monday morning, she appeared on the NFL Network, Fox and Friends, and was talked about on The Today Show on NBC.

The full-time occupational therapist reported to work Monday morning, this time sporting a cap. Megan said she hopes her CHUCKSTRONG gesture motivates the community.

"Find something you are passionate about. It may not be cancer research, but something, and champion that cause," she said.

Moved by Megan, co-worker Dr. Derek Tennenhouse watched the third quarter haircut and felt compelled to take care of his hair.

"I did it myself. There was no other option on a Sunday night. There was a mess in my bathroom," Tennenhouse said.

Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano's leukemia doctor, Dr. Larry Cripe, says Megan's support and, more importantly, the more than $20,000 raised, has directly helped other Hoosiers battling leukemia.

"Both the coach and I thought she looked really good. The dollars provided to our research mission allows us to free up money that may directly impact someone today," Cripe said.

Colts fans will see Megan out front at the next game on December 9. She and two other cheerleaders will sing the national anthem.

The team is still taking donations through their website. A couple thousand more dollars have rolled in since Megan shaved her head.

Megan says she's working on partnering with an organization to do this around the NFL for local hospital communities.

"People have said to me, I want to be a better person because of seeing you do that. Hopefully, there's a ripple effect in the community," said Megan.

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