Morrison: Local legislators join Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Friday, January 30, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representatives Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) and Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) joined fellow legislators and staff in wearing sneakers at the Statehouse this Thursday in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to raise awareness of the fight against cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in 2012 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have cancer,” and of those, 13,000 lost their lives to the disease. The Suits and Sneakers challenge is an annual event sponsored by the ACS and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by it.

“This is a fun way to show our support,” said Rep. Heaton. “Any day I can wear high top sneakers and no tie to work is a great day, but showing support to the American Cancer Society and to my fellow Representative Wolkins is the most important aspect of this day.”

State Representative David Wolkins (R-Warsaw), who is currently fighting cancer, has been allowed to remove his tie during session in order to be more comfortable, which male legislators are normally required to wear. In order to show support for their fellow legislator, the Speaker encouraged staff and legislators to remove their ties, while female legislators were encouraged to creatively incorporate a tie into their wardrobes. Legislators and staff also donated to the ACS.

“I enjoyed the One Tie at a Time event. Wearing my sneakers to work and not having to wear a tie is a bonus to supporting a great cause and showing support to my friend and colleague Rep. Wolkins,” said Rep. Baird.

As a part of the Suits and Sneakers Day, Coach Greg Lansing of the Indiana State University men’s basketball team represented all Indiana college basketball coaches during his visit to the Statehouse. He encouraged House members and staff to continue to raise awareness on ways to reduce the risk of cancer and follow the ACS’s recommended cancer screening guidelines.

“I am honored to participate in such a great cause here at the Statehouse, and share my support with those who are affected by this tragic disease,” said Rep. Morrison. “I look forward to Suits and Sneakers every year, because it not only is a fun way to raise awareness, but it also shows how we can support our fellow colleague who is currently fighting cancer.”

Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.

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Rep. Jim Baird represents all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.

Rep. Bob Heaton represents portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.

Rep. Alan Morrison represents all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay, Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Attached and below is a photo of Representatives Baird, Morrison, Coach Greg Lansing and Rep. Heaton on Suits and Sneakers Day.