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Colts raise money for leukemia research

Associated Press Modified: November 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm •  Published: November 10, 2012

Some of the more unusual items included game-worn cleats from two Colts players — Luck and Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea — autographed basketball shoes from Pacers swingman Danny Granger and scripts autographed by the casts of some CBS shows, including Criminal Minds and CSI: New York.

"It's in Coach's honor and he doesn't even know we're donating the money in his name," Sullivan said. "When he first got here, he told me he had my back. I just wanted to help."

Since Pagano took an indefinite leave from the team, players and coaches have shown their support in different ways.

Arians has worn a special button in the horseshoe on his baseball cap. Receiver Reggie Wayne used orange gloves during a surprising win over Green Bay, the first game Indy played after Pagano was diagnosed with the illness. The nameplates over players' lockers at the team headquarters now have special stickers with the initials CP, and the team pro shop has been selling T-shirts and wrist bands that say Chuckstrong, a popular trend among the Saturday night crowd.

Arians also has appeared at three fundraisers and will hold a fourth Friday night at Dunaway's, a restaurant in downtown Indy, with Luck and Wayne. Tickets for that event cost $100 and Arians said it's almost sold out.

But those in the Colts organization believe the best medicine for Pagano is seeing his team win — something Indianapolis (6-3) has done five times in the six games since Arians took over.

"There are times when your team needs to play with a purpose and it's been good because we've found a purpose," Arians said. "It's just a shame that Chuck had to get sick."