By George Bremer
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
A face familiar to Anderson football fans joined the Indianapolis Colts final huddle Thursday morning at Macholtz Stadium.
Kerry Detienne, who was diagnosed with leukemia as a Highland senior in 2008, broke down the huddle and helped send the team on its way back home to Indianapolis.
“To be out there on the field with the guys is surreal,” Detienne, who’s been a life-long Colts fan, said in a team release. “To be in the hospital yesterday and to come out here, it’s an amazing thing.”
Detienne won his first battle with leukemia and planned to return to the football field this fall as a junior at Hanover College. But the disease has come back, and he’s scheduled for a bone marrow transplant on Sept. 12.
In the meantime, he’s staying at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
Manning and some of the other Colts visited Detienne while he was hospitalized the first time he fought leukemia.
“When he beat the initial phase of it, he went back to a normal life,” Anderson football coach Randy Albano, who coached Detienne at Highland, said Thursday. “He fought it before, and he’ll fight it again.”
There is a fundraiser for Detienne scheduled for Aug. 27 at The Edgewood. The day will include a golf outing, family day at the pool, buffet dinner and an auction.
Items still are being accepted for the auction through Saturday, and more details about how to become involved are available on the public event’s Facebook page.
Detienne remained on the field after the huddle broke Thursday and greeted some of the Colts.
He said, in the team’s release, that it was an honor that reminded him of his own playing days.
“It was exciting because I’ve been there before playing football in high school,” Detienne said. “I felt like I was a leader in high school. So it kind of brought me back a little bit.”