An Off-Field Battle


October 29, 2012
Topics: Pediatric Research, Cancer (oncology)



Recently, I sat with my husband and son under the open roof of Lucas Oil Stadium. We watched as the Colts beat the Cleveland Browns. (Sweet victory!) But during the game, I noticed an occasional statement and picture displayed on the Jumbotron screen:�Some battles are fought off the field.�

[caption id="attachment_931" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Karson Cabe shows off his "ChuckStrong" bracelet"][/caption]

The picture that followed was of Coach Chuck Pagano. The message was referring to the Colts' head coach, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Coach Pagano is currently undergoing intense treatment while an interim coach leads the team. And, as much as we enjoyed cheering for the Colts as they battled the Browns, we cheer even harder for Coach Pagano in the battle he is facing. We can relate.

Our son, the one sitting beside me during that football game, is a leukemia survivor. Karson was diagnosed at the age of 2. Now he is 8 years old. In fact, he just recently celebrated his birthday and the thing he most wanted as his gift was a ticket to go to his first Colts game. It just so happened that this was the day the Colts were taking collections for leukemia research and selling �ChuckStrong� bracelets and t-shirts. Karson bought several bracelets and wore them with pride.

We remember being in the trenches of the leukemia battlefield. Karson has a scar across his chest where he once had a port where he received over three years of chemotherapy. My husband and I have a few �scars� of our own as the parents of a cancer survivor. The leukemia trenches are deep and the battle is a tough one. But thanks to a good God, supportive �fans,� and the exceptional care and research performed at Riley Hospital for Children, Karson is winning his battle. And he is not alone. I have gotten to know several Riley leukemia survivors over the last five years and we could very well have bracelets and t-shirts printed that say:

�KarsonStrong�

�EvanStrong�

"CristinStrong�

�AidenStrong�

�RyanStrong�

...and many more.

Our hearts and our prayers go out to Coach Pagano. Many Riley kids and families are proudly sporting their �ChuckStrong� gear! We hope to soon see Pagano back on the sidelines of a green and lined battlefield.

We�re cheering for you, Coach!


Christy Cabe

Christy enjoys telling a good story in hopes that the reader will “walk away encouraged and inspired to grow in their love for God, and for others.” She has a degree in educational ministries from Huntington University, drinks coffee every morning, and lives in Fort Wayne with her husband, Kraig, and their three children. Christy recently published a memoir, “Brownie Crumbs and Other Life Morsels.”


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