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Take It All Off! NFL Cheerleaders Shave Their Heads To Support Coach's Cancer Battle

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Nov. 26 2012, Published 11:30 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

NFL cheerleaders are better known for their bombshell looks, high kicks and hair-flicking than their charitable acts, but two Indianapolis Colts dancers have sacrificed their sexy images for the sake of their team's sick coach.

Megan M. and Crystal Ann proved that bald is beautiful when they went head-to-head with a set of hair-clippers on Sunday during the Colts win over the Buffalo Bills at Indy's Lucas Oil Field, reported Yahoo! Sports.

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The drastic double haircut was prompted by their support of head coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed with leukemia in September and is currently undergoing chemotherapy to battle the life-threatening disease.

The Indianapolis team mascot had challenged all of the Colts' cheerleaders to shave their heads if they could each raise $10,000 to fight leukemia.

Earlier this month, more than two dozen football players shaved their heads in support of the highly respected team leader, then the girls got in the game after Blue - the Colts' giant stuffed horse mascot – challenged that if he could raise $10,000 for leukemia research by November 25, Megan would get a buzz cut. Blue beat his own goal by raising $22,000, so teammate Crystal Ann joined her friend.

"I think we look really good," Megan told local news station WISH TV. "It’s a lot lighter. It’s going to be fun learning to dance like this.

"As professional cheerleaders, it’s just a chance you don’t get very often," added Megan. "I was just hoping that we were able to send a positive message to young people everywhere."

After overcoming leukemia herself as a three-year-old child, Crystal Ann didn’t think twice before taking the plunge.

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"She said, 'I’ve been bald before, I can do it again,'" explained Megan.

"With my family, we’ve been through it all," added Crystal. "It’s kinda reliving a moment back then now and making it even stronger."

The team's ChuckStrong fundraising movement has already raised $250,000 for leukemia research thanks to 800 fans who have shaved their heads so far.


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