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Cancer-stricken Marian fan gets help from Irsay

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An 11-year-old southern Indiana boy battling cancer will watch his adopted Marian Knights compete in the NAIA championship game in Daytona, Florida, thanks to the generosity of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich.

Irsay is letting Cole Winnefeld of Bedford and his parents use his private plane to fly to Florida after the boy missed the team’s flight Monday because he was in Michigan receiving treatment for neuroblastoma, a nerve cell cancer.

WTHR reports Dakich, who has a sports talk show on WFNI in Indianapolis, had offered to donate $1,000 for plane tickets. However, when it became clear the boy’s low immunity precluded a commercial flight, Dakich donated the money toward the boy’s treatment.

Marian faces Southern Oregon in Friday’s game.


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