Local legislators wear sneakers to support cancer awareness

Local legislators wear sneakers to support cancer awareness

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Tuesday, March 7, 2017 4:30 pm

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2017) – Area lawmakers laced up their sneakers with their suits Tuesday at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness.

State Reps. Sharon Negele (R-Attica), Sally Siegrist (R-West Lafayette), Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and Don Lehe (R-Brookston) participated in the annual event. The Suits and Sneakers challenge is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by the disease.

“Almost 2.4 million Hoosiers, or two in five people now living in Indiana, will develop cancer in their lifetime,” Negele said. “Suits and Sneakers day provides an opportunity for lawmakers to show our support for the individuals affected by this terrible disease.”

“More than 32,000 Hoosiers are diagnosed with cancer annually,” Brown said. “Every year when we hold this event, I’m inspired by the number of legislators and staff members who lace up their sneakers to raise cancer awareness. Hoosiers struggling with this disease should know they are not alone in their fight.”

Area legislators said participating in Suits and Sneakers is a Statehouse tradition that members look forward to every year.

“As elected officials, it’s important we continue to support the Hoosier families who have struggled with cancer,” Lehe said. “By wearing sneakers for the day, we can come together to raise cancer awareness and show the members of our community affected by this disease that we are here for them.”

“As a new lawmaker, I’m excited to wear my sneakers for the first time on Suits and Sneakers day,” Siegrist said. “Many families in our community have felt the impact of cancer and today’s event shows that we stand with them in support.”

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. – exceeded only by heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Siegrist said the event is an opportunity to remind people about all the ways they can reduce their risk of cancer; like eating correctly, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the American Cancer Society’s recommended cancer screening guidelines.

Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how to help spread awareness and fight back against cancer.

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Included is a photo of Brown, Lehe, Negele and Siegrist participating in Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse on March 7.