INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— A local cancer survivor gets pretty choked up just every time he reads the letter he received from Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano.
Darrell Skagss is now in remission from breast cancer. His family’s support was critical in his fight against cancer three years ago. When Coach Pagano was diagnosed with Leukemia last year, the entire community rallied, including Skagss, sending Pagano cards and emails.
“It tugged at me knowing that he was going through that,” said Skagss. “And knowing what I went through and so, I try to reach out when I hear someone having cancer or in his case the leukemia cancer. I try to reach out and let them know they have a support group.”
He never knew if the cards and email actually made to coach personally, but two weeks ago he got his answer when a box from the Colts showed up on his doorstep addressed to him.
“As soon as I opened it up, I saw this football and I’m like ‘what in the world?’”
It was an autographed football and a personal letter to Darrell.
“It got the tears running,” said Skagss. ”He will probably never know how much that meant to me and I hope one day I’ll get a chance to meet him face to face and let him know how encouraging this was.”