beyondthespotlight By Megan Alexander
MISS INDIANA 2008
HAIR TODAY GONE TOMORROW: Indianapolis Colts mascot Blue sent out a chal-
lenge to the team’s cheerleaders on Twitter stating that if he could raise $10,000 for can-
cer research, one cheerleader must undergo the razor and lose her hair. Megan accept-
ed the challenge.
Beautiful Indianapolis Colts cheerleader
and former Miss Indiana
Megan Meadors sacriﬁced her
hair to honor her coach and
raise national awareness for
cancer research and leukemia
egan Meadors decided to go where few NFL
cheerleaders and pageant Queens have gone before
when she shaved off all of her hair. The Indianapo-
lis Colts mascot, Blue, came up with a challenge—
ﬁnd a cheerleader who would shave her head to
raise money for Cancer Research. It was a ﬁtting tribute to the
franchise’s leader, as Indianapolis Coach Chuck Pagano was just
diagnosed with Leukemia in September. After thinking about it
and talking with her family, Megan agreed to do it.
On the day Megan was supposed to shave her head, she was
nervous, but excited. And a big surprise was waiting for her. Fellow
Colts cheerleader Crystal Ann Belen decided to take the plunge,
too, and go bald in solidarity with Megan’s sacriﬁce. Now, two beau-
tiful cheerleaders were going to shave their heads for cancer research.
In a world that values appearance and looks, I asked Megan if
family and friends tried to talk her out of it. She said no. Her sup-
portive boyfriend told her, “When will you be able to make such a
difference again? Your hair will grow back. You should do this!”
And so Megan did.
As the Colts mascot prepared to shave her head after the third
quarter of a November 25th game against the Buffalo Bills, the
crowd went wild with support. Megan said that as she sat down and
Blue began to shave, she actually didn’t watch. She knew she was up
on the jumbotron, but she didn’t want to see herself until she was
back in the privacy of the locker room. Watching the video later, she
laughed because Blue started shaving her head right down the mid-
dle, so she looked pretty goofy for the ﬁrst few minutes.
Now a bald and beautiful cheerleader, Megan says there are ad-
vantages to shaving her head—she can get ready for her day in 10