Early Monday morning, the city of Indianapolis and the entire sports world were shocked, as details begin to come into light concerning Chuck Pagano’s battle with leukemia.
The rookie head coach of the Indianapolis Colts has been hospitalized since last Wednesday, and has already began chemotherapy. The initial treatment is expected to take four to six weeks. Pagano’s Acute promyelocytic leukemia is considered to be quite treatable, but the coach’s doctors will have to keep a close eye on the situation for the next two years, due to the possibility of a return by the illness.
Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who will be the interim head coach for the Colts during Pagano’s absence, is familiar with a cancer scare. Arians was diagnosed with (and defeated) prostate cancer nearly seven years ago. “At first, you’re in shock, but you trust your doctor. You make a plan. This one’s going to be a tougher fight, but one I’m sure we are going to win.”
The news about Pagano’s illness broke nationwide on October 1st, just one day before his 52nd birthday. Bruce Arians’ birthday is on October 3rd, just a day after Pagano’s. If anyone would like to send their regards, cards, or letters in support of coach Chuck Pagano and his family, they can be mailed to the address listed below. The Colts organization discourages sending flowers or candy. Naptownsfinest.com will continue updating this story as further information is available.
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