Make Me Stronger

A call to action. A cry for help. An opportunity for you to realize your power to give strength to someone affected by a blood cancer (Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma). Get involved. Make someone stronger.

Cheerleaders #MakeMeStronger

What is it with the Indianapolis Colts? Why are they trying so hard to get me to root for them? I used to hate Peyton MMS--ColtsManning; but I’m a Broncos fan, so this year, it’s hard for me not to love him (I tried.) But we wouldn’t have had him unless the Colts said goodbye first.

Thank you Indy.

Next you have the story of Andrew Luck; putting him up against RGIII and you have the closest thing to a Magic vs. Bird rivalry the NFL has ever seen. And they’re both great guys!

But all of the above pales in comparison to Megan and Crystal, my new favorite cheerleaders from the Colts who shaved their heads—on the field in front of 60,000 fans—as a show of solidarity and support for coach Chuck Pagano. Megan responded to a challenge posted by the team’s mascot, Crystal then joined Megan in having her head shaved, and in doing so, both helped raise over $20,000 for cancer research. It’s been a week and people are still talking about this, which means the impact of their actions (awareness, energy, solidarity) will outlast the impact of the act (a haircut.)

Megan and Crystal’s approach was so powerful because it shows us all, once again, the impact we can have on fighting cancer. They chose the forum and the access they have to make a personal statement. Not all of us can motivate 60,000 people to attention, but maybe I can start with 6? Megan and Crystal are my motivation.

I am sharing this story because I believe that Megan and Crystal make me stronger through their empathy, commitment and creativity.

Check out this video, and if you aren’t moved by it, watch it again until you are; any ideas on how someone like me can make someone else stronger? Hit me up on Twitter: @thesuneet

I’ll say it again … thank you Indy. You’ve got a new fan in me.

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