STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Timothy Wesco (R-Osceola) and other House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse yesterday 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.
“The battles of fighting cancer are known to most Hoosiers, but we are not sitting idly by,” said Rep. Wesco. “The Suits and Sneakers challenge lets others know we have their back in their fight against cancer, and that we want to raise awareness and make a difference.”
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.
“There are many outstanding Hoosier coaches at the colligate level who are taking up the fight against cancer through their Suits and Sneakers initiative,” said Rep. Wesco. “It’s easy to feel like there is nothing we can do to help fight such an overwhelming battle, but I would like to thank all of those collegiate coaches who have proven otherwise.”
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.