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Colts tight end Dwayne Allen took high school student battling Lupus to prom last weekend

Colts tight end Dwayne Allen is continuing to make a positive impact, as last Saturday he took a high school student who is battling Lupus to prom, fulfilling a promise made months earlier.

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While the rest of the football world focused on the NFL Draft and undrafted free agency on Saturday night, Colts tight end Dwayne Allen went to prom.

He went with Sequayah, a 17-year old girl who attends school at Northrop High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  According to, Sequayah is battling Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects her brain and muscles and for which she has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment.  In February, she was at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where she met the Colts tight end who was making the rounds visiting patients.  Sequayah kept a picture from last year's prom in her room, and Allen told her that if she needed a date this year to just give him a call - which she did.

She was healthy-enough to go and had Dwayne Allen as a date, and so on Saturday night Allen flew into Fort Wayne to take Sequayah to prom.  "It's all about her," Allen told WANE, adding that weather concerns changing some plans didn't matter "as long as she has a great time."

This is a cool story of a Colts player making a positive impact on someone's life, and there are plenty of stories just like this that go under the radar.  We hear so much negative about different NFL players that we often don't hear as much about the positive, but it's awesome to reflect on these types of stories.  Dwayne Allen has been very involved in the community and in making a positive impact since arriving in Indianapolis, and as a result he was honored with being named the Colts' recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award last year.  The Award is among the most prestigious given out by the league each year and honors players for their impact off-the-field.  Allen was certainly deserving of that for so many reasons, but stories like the one from last Saturday just continue to add to the positive impact that the tight end is having on the community.