STATEHOUSE – State Representative Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon), legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse today in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to raise awareness of the fight against cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in 2012, 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have cancer,” and of those, 13,000 lost their lives to the disease. The Suits and Sneakers challenge is an annual event sponsored by the ACS and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by it.
“Supporting cancer research is imperative to putting an end to cancer, and I applaud the American Cancer Society, along with the many other organizations, for their efforts to fight against this disease,” said Rep. Steuerwald. “Too many Hoosiers have been affected by this disease, so I was proud to join my fellow representatives in showing our support for those whose lives have been affected by cancer.”
State Representative David Wolkins (R-Warsaw), who is currently fighting cancer, has been allowed to remove his tie during session in order to be more comfortable, which male legislators are normally required to wear. In order to show support for their fellow legislator, the Speaker encouraged staff and legislators to remove their ties, while female legislators were encouraged to creatively incorporate a tie into their wardrobes. Legislators and staff also donated to the ACS.
“By removing our ties for the day and supporting the American Cancer Society, not only are we standing behind one of our colleagues, but everyone who is battling cancer,” said Rep. Steuerwald. “I am appreciative of those who organized this event and joined our efforts to support this worthy cause.”
As a part of the Suits and Sneakers Day, Coach Greg Lansing of the 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 and follow the ACS’s recommended cancer screening guidelines.
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.