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Paganos Speak on Leukemia Battle


Tina and Chuck Pagano (photo courtesy RTV6)

Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano and his wife Tina are speaking out about the coach's battle with leukemia.


In an interview with RTV6's Dave Furst, Chuck Pagano said he's getting better every day, especially now that he's back to the daily grind of coaching the Colts.  However, he said he hasn't had much time to reflect on things because of the Colts' trip to the playoffs and offseason issues such as losing coaches, including Bruce Arians, who stepped in as interim head coach through most of the season.  Arians accepted the head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month.

Tina Pagano said the initial leukemia diagnosis was shocking, but once Dr. Larry Cripe at the IU Simon Cancer Center spelled out a plan of action, Tina says things became easier.  Both Chuck and Tina said the hardest part of the whole situation was breaking the news to their children and other family members.

Chuck said he couldn't imagine getting through the battle without the entire Colts staff and the support of the Colts fans.  He said the situation revealed how fortunate he was to have surrounded himself with such great people.  He also said he couldn't believe the support from the community, especially considering he hadn't even been in Indianapolis for very long.

Tina Pagano laughed when telling the story of her husband's hospital alias, "Dwayne Johnson."  That's the real name of actor and professional wrestler The Rock.  Pagano said a lady from the hospital asked her to choose her husband's alias and she picked the first thing that popped into her head.  She said she knew it would make her husband laugh, which it did.


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