Chuck Pagano sends touching letter to Colts fan who lost father to cancer (pic)
As the 2014 NFL season was winding down and the Indianapolis Colts were in the midst of a run at the postseason, Chuck Pagano took a moment out of his hectic schedule to write an incredibly touching letter to a fan who had recently lost his father to cancer.
The Colts head coach was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in Sept. 2012 (now in remission), something that forced him to take an indefinite leave of absence. Pagano, who obviously understands all too well the devastating impact such a condition not only has on the individual but on the person’s family as well, penned a heartfelt letter in December to Alex Kormann, 17, whose father, Russ, 53, died from renal cancer on Nov. 24.
Kormann’s cousin sent a letter to the Colts the following day, as Russ was a huge fan of the team going all the way back to its days in Baltimore, as he was born in the Maryland town and chose to continue to support the Colts after the organization’s move to Indianapolis in 1984.
The @Colts head coach just sent me a personal letter regarding the loss of my father. Made me cry. @ESPNNFL @nfl pic.twitter.com/LVwDFMNiri
— Alex Kormann (@KormannAlex) January 3, 2015
The letter read, via the Indy Star:
“I understand that you and I have something in common – a commitment to living in a vision rather than circumstance. Throughout my personal journey with cancer, I have been fortunate to receive many words of encouragement from great people like you. Now, it’s my turn to return the favor.
“I know that your family has faced some challenging times in the loss of your father, Russ, and it has not been the easiest to push through. Tough days are inevitable in any battle that attempts to challenge our family and spirit. Know that it is in these extremely difficult times that your strength is revealed in greater ways than you will ever imagine.
“I know that you are loyal Colts fans, so I am hoping that your family will accept the enclosed autographed photo as a small token of appreciation for your great efforts. Again, thank you for your support. I pray for your family and that you will continue to focus on the vision you have for your lives together, know that the entire Indianapolis Colts family is cheering you on to live out that vision.”
The letter was part of a package received by Alex sent by the Colts community relations department that included various team memorabilia.
“I teared up,” Kormann told the Indy Star on Sunday. “I was stunned he’d take the time to respond.”
[H/T For the Win, photo credit: Michael Hickey]