STATEHOUSE — Today, State Representative Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte), a cancer survivor, wore sneakers at the Statehouse, along with other House legislators and staff, in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer and showcase the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's risk of the disease.
“Battling cancer was one of the most difficult experiences of my life, and I can personally attest to how much I appreciated all the support from friends and family as well as organizations, like the American Cancer Society, that really stood by me in this fight,” said Rep. Dermody. “Cancer affects all of us in some way, so I encourage you to show your continued support for anyone you know dealing with this horrible disease and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle to reduce the risks of cancer.”
According to the organization, every one in three cancer deaths are caused by issues relating to nutrition and physical activity. In 2013 alone, there were 35,550 new cases of cancer in the state of Indiana.
Wearing sneakers is much more than a fashion statement. It is a simple way to spotlight the fact that cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. – exceeded only by heart disease, which accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. It is also an opportunity to remind people about all the ways they can reduce their risk of cancer; like eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the American Cancer Society’s recommended cancer screening guidelines.
“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Indiana collegiate coaches have formed a partnership again this year to raise awareness about cancer. This partnership provides the legislature a great opportunity to help raise awareness and to show our fellow Hoosiers they’re not alone in the fight against cancer. Until a cure is found, we need to continue to promote the steps people can take to reduce their risk for cancer and to show compassion and support for those who are affected by this disease,” said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.