[r17] Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Monday, January 28, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Tim Harman (R-Bremen) and other House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse today in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to promote awareness of the fight against cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, last year 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have cancer,” and of those, 13,000 lost their lives to the disease. Suits and Sneakers is a program sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by it.

“We all know someone who is battling or has battled cancer in the past,” said Rep. Harman. “It is so easy to feel like there is nothing we can do to help, but today we proved that even something as simple as wearing tennis shoes with your suit can go a long way to raise awareness for cancer. Showing support and compassion to Hoosier families across the state is something we can all do to help those who are battling this deadly disease.”

Coach Greg Lansing of 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. These include eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the American Cancer Society's recommended cancer screening guidelines.

“Indiana’s colligate coaches continue to champion the cure for cancer with their Suits and Sneakers initiative,” said Rep. Harman. “These coaches have shown Hoosiers that in their fight against cancer, they have a full bench of support, and they are not alone in this fight.”

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