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This story by a sports celebrity is about overcoming adversity. It delivers a strong message on how a group of selfless individuals with a sense of purpose can triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds.
On January 25, 2012, Chuck Pagano became the new and energetic head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. His themes for his team were God, family, and football. In that order. But the themes of life he would face, and that he'd soon teach his team by what he went through, would be that there is no struggle too hard, no fight too tough, no power greater than that of people coming together as one. And above all, God has a plan for you.
Three weeks into the 2012 season, the rookie coach was diagnosed with leukemia. Because of the severe side effects of the grueling chemotherapy treatments and heavy doses of medicine, his team didn't know when, or if, he would come back.
The hospital-confined Pagano continued to coach from his bedside, texting and emailing players and members of his coaching staff. In the meantime, the team came to his side, finishing the regular season with an 11-5 record.
Thousands of Colt fans got behind their beloved team's head coach, a newcomer in town. To fight leukemia, CHUCKSTRONG was formed and millions of dollars were raised. Sidelined is a story of pulling together to overcome adversity, getting back into the game, and being united with one heart, one vision, and one hope.
The Indianapolis Colts came back in 2012. Chuck Pagano came back. This is a story for all whose odds look unbeatable.
Sidelined includes an 8-page color photo section.