STATEHOUSE – State Representative Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) and other House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse Monday in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to promote awareness of the fight against cancer.
Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse
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.
“By raising awareness and supporting research, it is my hope that we will one day find a cure for cancer,” said Rep. Ziemke. “Almost everyone has been affected in one way or another by this disease, and we need to continue to take a stand. I was honored to join my fellow legislators in supporting the American Cancer Society as a part of the Suits and Sneakers challenge.”
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 House Speaker Brian 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,” said Speaker Bosma.
Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how you can help spread the message and fight back against cancer.
State Rep. Cindy Ziemke serves as Vice Chairman of the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction. Rep. Ziemke represents portions of Rush, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley and Decatur counties.