STATEHOUSE – State Representative Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) and 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.
“As a cancer survivor this is topic close to my heart, and we must work together to battle this terrible disease,” said Rep. Dermody. “People we love and care about are affected by cancer every day, and we must show our support for them by doing as much as we possibly can on their behalf; beginning by raising awareness and showing compassion. If one life is saved or benefited with this knowledge, then it is worth the effort.”
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.
“Cancer affects thousands of families across our state,” said Speaker Bosma (R-Indianapolis). “I appreciated the efforts that our Indiana collegiate coaches took in challenging the Legislature to help raise awareness. It was a great opportunity to show our fellow Hoosiers they’re 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.