Chuck Pagano is still new to Indianapolis. But his effect on the city and leukemia patients has been giant, as Wayne Drehs of ESPN.com illustrates in this fine piece.
“… Pagano's greatest impact this season has nothing to do with wins and losses. Instead, it's about life and death. It's about people who have been told they might die now having someone new to believe in. Someone who understands what it's like to stare death in the face. Someone who knows the misery that chemotherapy can bring.
“At the infusion center where Pagano received two rounds of outpatient chemotherapy, patients pester nurses about which room was Pagano's. They want to sit in the same chair. They want the magic to rub off.”
When Pagano was hired to coach the revamping Colts they hoped he’d be an impact guy. No one could have imagined just where that impact would extend.
Make time to read this one.