ChuckStrong Tailgate Gala

Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala, Benefiting the IU Simon Cancer Center - Established 2013, Presented by Faegre Baker Daniels

The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is home to more than 200 physicians and scientists who conduct groundbreaking cancer research. These dedicated and passionate scientists are grateful to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano for shining a light on the urgent need for cancer research funding.

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The impact of the cancer center’s research is far-reaching. Research discoveries – whether the development of new drugs, surgical techniques or high-tech diagnostics – impact patients in Indiana and beyond. IU physicians and scientists developed the cure for testicular cancer and established standards of care for common cancers such as breast and lung and uncommon ones such as thymic and pancreatic. That’s one reason why the IU Simon Cancer Center is one of only 51 centers in the country to hold the prestigious National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center designation – a designation that recognizes the center’s world-class, state-of-the-art programs in multidisciplinary cancer research. With support from the CHUCKSTRONG campaign, the center’s world-class scientists work every day to ensure all patients, like Chuck Pagano, have the chance to overcome their disease and get back to doing what they love.


Chuck Pagano’s diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia in September 2012 shocked our city and reminded us we are all vulnerable to the devastating effects of cancer. The CHUCKSTRONG movement quickly began providing an opportunity for our city to visibly support Pagano as his team rallied and marched toward the playoffs. Pagano endured difficult treatments under the guidance of Dr. Larry Cripe, a hematologist and researcher at IU, but he ultimately returned to his head coaching duties on December 24, 2012 – a day that inspired and captivated all who have been touched by cancer.

In grateful recognition of the community’s support during his cancer treatment, Chuck Pagano and the Colts continue the CHUCKSTRONG mission, well aware that each day brings new diagnoses to patients and new opportunities to tackle cancer CHUCKSTRONG.


For more information about the CHUCKSTRONG Tailgate Gala, please contact the IU Simon Cancer Center Office of Gift Development at (317) 278-4510 or email Amber Kleopfer Senseny at