CHUCKSTRONG campaign hosting online auction

Colts and I.U. Simon Cancer Center are sponsoring event, which has 75 items available for bidding until Friday night.

The Indianapolis Colts and Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center have launched a CHUCKSTRONG online auction to benefit cancer research.

Through 9:45 p.m. Friday, fans can bid on 75 exclusive items, including several autographed Colts collectibles, one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia, game-day experiences and more.

A sampling of the items includes:

— Golf at the Colts private course with long snapper Matt Overton and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

— Host your child’s birthday party at a Colts game with a private room, sideline visit and tickets.

— Dine with linebackers Jerrell Freeman, D’Qwell Jackson and Gary Brackett at Georgia Reese’s Southern Table & Bar.

— Six-by-nine-inch Colts player banners that each player will custom sign for the winner.

— Attend a taping of The Bob & Tom Show with punter Pat McAfee.

To view all of the items, visit Auction proceeds will support research at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

The CHUCKSTRONG campaign began in 2012 when head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia three games into his first Colts season. The Indianapolis community rallied around Pagano, who was treated at the I.U. Health Simon Cancer Center. Pagano made a full recovery and continues to champion cancer research aimed at helping others beat cancer.

Since its inception, CHUCKSTRONG has generated about $2 million to support the 200 Indiana University cancer researchers who are looking for ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer.

Phillip B. Wilson can be found on Twitter (@pwilson24), Facebook and Google+.

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