Peyton Manning’s legacy honored across Indy

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Picture of Madeline Helpling

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 7, 2016) – As Peyton Manning announces his retirement, many around Indianapolis are wondering what’s next for the former Colts superstar.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett declared the week of March 7th as “Peyton Manning Appreciation Week.”

Indianapolis Power & Light Company will honor Manning with a light display Monday night. In a statement, the company wrote;

“Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES),  is set to honor Peyton Manning’s extraordinary career in the National Football League (NFL) and the impact he made to the Central Indiana community during his time with the Indianapolis Colts. IPL’s 10-story downtown headquarters will shine brightly with the number “18” at sunset on Monday, March 7.  Please join us on social media by tagging your photos of our building with #IPLlights and #ThankYouPeyton to help us pay tribute to Manning.”

At Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, jersey, memorabilia, and Peyton Manning themed rooms highlight the lasting legacy he’s created.

St. Vincent Hospital CEO, Jonathan Nalli, said he’s excited for what’s to come in Manning’s life and knows the hospital will still be a priority.

“You can tell he is so invested into what we are doing here and I personally believe his impact will be even greater even in retirement,” Nalli said.

Staff members recall Manning’s involvement with the children at the hospital, many saying his passion off the field is making the children feel loved.

“Peyton Manning’s the one drug in the formula that just makes kids better. When he visits them, when he sees them, when he speaks to them, when he takes time to write them a personal note. That’s the one drug we don’t have in the formula,” Nalli said.

A former patient recalled when Manning called her to check in while she was recovering from cancer treatment.

“I said ‘hello,’ and he said, ‘Is this Madeline?’ and I said, ‘Yes,’ and he said, ‘This is Peyton.’ He didn’t really elaborate it was Peyton Manning, but I just knew. He’s got that unique voice,” said Madeline Helpling.

She said it’s a phone call she never expected, but was happy to receive.

“It just made me feel good, gave me that little extra push to get through treatment,” Helpling said.

The Indianapolis Colts said they have plans to honor Manning in the near future.

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