This morning I saw an interview with a wide receiver from the Indianapolis Colts. He gained attention last week due to a stellar performance and the fact that he was wearing orange gloves during the game.
In October, many players wear pink gloves to raise awareness for breast cancer, but never have i seen orange gloves. What does orange stand for anyway?
In all honesty, I'm surprised the NFL (affectionately parodied as the No Fun League) didn't fine him. I remember way back when they told Darrell Talley he couldn't wear his Spider-Man sleeves under his uniform, and fined him every time he did, so he tattooed them on.
But they didn't fine this player, they didn't even make a stink about it. Why? Because the gloves had meaning. That one pair of orange gloves overshadowed all of the pink ribbons, towels, pins, and graphics. No one was thinking about breast cancer anymore. They were thinking about a man, a friend, a person who's job went from coaching the Colts to fighting cancer.
Orange is the color for leukemia awareness. I didn't know that before today. I can't tell you what month they use to try and raise research dollars. I just don't know. What I do know, is that one pair of gloves brought more awareness to a disease than all the pink jerseys ever will. This act was one man showing support for one man. It is there, in the one on one acts of kindness, that cancer will be defeated.
Money for research is great. Removing stigmas are an incredible comfort. But for healing to occur, there must be hope. Be that hope to someone in need.