So, on Sunday, Megan M. sat in a chair and had her hair cut in front of a sold out crowd in Indianapolis as a show of support with cancer-stricken coach Chuck Pagano.
The second-year cheerleader agreed earlier this month to shave her head if fans donated more than $10,000 for cancer research. The support was greater than expected, as donations topped $22,000.
Megan went through with the cut during the fourth quarter of the Indianapolis win over the Buffalo Bills. Another cheerleader, Crystal B., joined Megan in getting her head shaved. Blue, the mascot, started the sheering but handed the clippers to a more experienced stylist later.
"I've just had personal experiences with people who have had cancer," Megan told Daniel Miller of 24-Hour News 8. "I've had mentors and family members and volunteer at Riley and met little girls who have lost their hair and beat cancer multiple times. Just seeing struggles they went through and how they could overcome that and still have confidence and fight this fight without their hair - they are really my inspiration for doing this."
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