The announcement that Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is fighting leukemia likely didn’t go unnoticed by Dave Dunkle.
The 40-year-old physician with practices in Franklin and Greenwood has a built-in antenna for this sort of thing. That’s because Dunkle, 21 years ago, was diagnosed with a disease akin to the one afflicting Pagano.
Dunkle is a survivor of AML (acute myeloid leukemia), a malignant disorder of the bone marrow. Pagano, 52, has begun treatments for APL (acute promyelocytic leukemia), which Dunkle describes as a subtype of AML.
“My first thought was that I just felt horrible for him. You feel for him, and you feel for his family,” Dunkle said. “I would tell him to keep a great attitude and not to worry about the little things. Put everything into focusing on your health right now.”